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Official: At least 6 killed after fire engulfs factory in Bangladesh

From Farid Ahmed, For CNN
  • At least 6 die after fire rips through a mosquito-repellent factory in Dhaka, an official says
  • Another dozen are hurt after the blaze, which broke out Friday night
  • Ten days earlier, at least 25 died in a fire at another Bangladeshi factory

(CNN) -- At least six people died after a fire ripped through a factory Friday night in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, a top fire official said, with the fatalities coming less than two weeks after 25 workers died in another factory fire nearby.

Twenty-five workers were inside the Good Knight Mosquito Coil factory, located in Dhaka near Lake City Concord, when the blaze began around 9 p.m., said Dilip Kumar Ghosh, the deputy assistant director of the city's Fire Service and Civil Defense agency. The fire soon engulfed the entire building.

Dhaka's fire service and civil defense chief, Brig. Gen. Abu Nayeem Mohammed Shahidullah, said late Friday that at least six people were confirmed dead.

Rescue personnel had recovered their bodies by 11 p.m., according to Ghosh, who expressed fears that the death toll may rise. In addition, a dozen other people fled the fire and were hurt.

"We are looking for more bodies and trying to rescue the injured," he told reporters.

Firefighters had managed to control the fire within two hours, at which point they were trying to douse smouldering debris, said Ghosh.

The company makes products to repel mosquitoes.

On December 14, 25 workers died when a fire swept through a high-rise apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka.