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Fire breaks out at Bangladesh disaster site

Some rescue missions stopped at building wreckage due to blaze, with hundreds of people still trapped under the rubble.

Last Modified: 28 Apr 2013 18:49
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The fire meant rescue operations were suspended in parts of the wreckage [Reuters]

A fire broke out in the wreckage of the garment factory that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, temporarily suspending rescue attempts.

There were reports of smoke pouring from the piles of shattered concrete, forcing some of the rescue efforts to stop on Sunday.

It is thought that hundreds of people could still be trapped in the wreckage of the collapsed building.

Officials say the fire broke out because of sparks generated as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach a woman who was still alive under the rubble.

It is not yet clear whether the woman survived the flames.

Rescue workers retreated from the part of the wreckage that is in flames while firefighters worked to control the blaze.

There are ongoing attempts to reach survivors in other parts of the eight-storey building.

Officials say at least three rescue workers have been injured in the fire.

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