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Building Construction for Firefighters: Tazreen Fashions: Triangle Shirtwaist Revisited

By Gregory Havel On November 24, 2012, a fire started on the ground floor of Tazreen Fashions in a suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh. By the time the fire was extinguished 17 hours later, 112 factory workers had died and 200 were injured. Because of the presence of a large amount of fabric, yarn, and scrap, the fire spread rapidly through the nine-story factory’s first floor and then to its upper floors. Although the fire was initially reported to be the result of arson and sabotage, news stories from Associated Press, CNN, International Business Times, and Reuters agencies (in print and on the Internet) reported that the fire started on the ground floor caused by an overloaded electrical circ...

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