At least 52 people killed as overnight fire guts factory in Bangladesh (photos)

    A factory fire in Bangladesh has reportedly killed 52 people and injured 30 others.

    The fire broke out on Thursday night, July 8 at Hashem Food and Beverage factory in Rupganj, an industrial town near the capital city, Dhaka.

    Authorities told AP news agency the fire happened due to the chemicals and plastics stored inside the building.

    While many workers had left for the day when the fire started, it is believed that hundreds of people were still inside overnight.

    Eyewitnesses said many workers were injured after they jumped from the factory’s upper floors.

    As of press time the fatal casualty figure is 52 and could still rise as more and people are accounted for. 

    Before the incident, the six-storey factory manufactured fruit juices, noodles and sweet confectionary.