21 Workers Die in a Fire at H&M Factory
Twenty-one workers died when the Garib & Garib Sweater Factory in Bangladesh, caught fire for the second time in six months. Local news media reported thick black smoke caused by burning acrylic yarn spreading throughout the building. Workers could not escape because exits were locked. Fire fighters had to cut the window grills to get in, hampering rescue efforts. The factory’s own fire-fighting equipment, they report, was "virtually useless." Garib & Garib makes sweaters for major apparel brands and retailers, including Swedish H&M, Canadian Mark’s Work Wearhouse, and Italian Teddy.