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Fire at Bangladesh juice factory kills 52, many feared trapped

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At least 52 people were killed, 20 were injured and many more were feared trapped after a massive fire raged through a juice-making factory in Bangladesh, officials said on Friday, in the latest industrial fire accident in the country.

The fire started on Thursday evening on the ground floor of a six-story factory building in the Narayanganj district, 20 km (12 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka. It is run by the private firm Hashem Food and Beverage, which is a unit of Bangladesh's multinational Sajeeb Group. The factory makes mango fruit drinks under the Shezan brand.

"Three people died from jumping off the building to escape the fire and 49 charred bodies have been recovered so far," Mustain Billah, the administrator for the Narayanganj district, told Reuters by phone from the scene.

Disasters because of poor fire and building safety standards are common in Bangladesh, largely in the textiles sector that employs millions and contributes the most to its economy.

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