The factory was poorly designed and built. Fire exits on the plans were not put in place, and external doors were locked. Furthermore, the building
was reinforced with un-insulated steel girders which quickly weakened and collapsed.
At about 4pm on May 10th, 1993, a small fire was discovered on the first floor of part of the E-shaped building. Workers were instructed to keep
working as the fire was thought to be minor. The fire alarm in this building did not sound.
Workers in the first building who tried to escape found the ground floor exit doors locked, and the stairwells soon collapsed. Many workers jumped
from the second, third and fourth floor windows in order to escape the flames, resulting in severe injuries or death. 188 mostly young girls were
killed, and 500 injuried.
Just another example of legalized slavery and rich and powerful people getting away with it. As usual.
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