Tung Hai garments located at Mirpur, Dhaka is on fire. A fire started at the garment just moments ago today on 8 May 2013. The Fire Brigade immediately rushed in and are now at the spot trying to bring the fire under control.
The fire started on the second floor and spread through 3rd floor during the night shift in this factory renowned to have been making merchandise for some of the high end Western Fashion Brands. Such an incident at a sensitive time as this when the rescue operations at Rana Plaza is still going on raises concerns about the safety concerns at some of the garment factories in the city who claim to have secure work environment.
There are some workers around the factory building trying to help the fire fighters bring down the flames. The scale of damage is still not known, however, the nervous workers are looking at it as yet another strong evidence that some factory owners prefer profit over precautions. The fire supposedly started from the iron section. Some workers and the a member of the management is still inside the building.
It must be noted that such forms of negligence can only result in great loss of money, reputation, and life. The recent disasters have damaged the image of Bangladesh and does not help trade. The killing of Aminul Islam, a labour organizer, is not yet solved, and has earned our garment sector more bad than good. Disasters and crimes cannot be hidden in today’s era, they are bound to come out, something our factory owners are yet to realize.
The Government claims to be trying to impose tougher regulations surrounding the faulty factory buildings with little or no fire safety arrangements. Any change is yet to be observed by stakeholders, interest groups, human rights groups or the public at large.