At least 25 dead after huge fire at factory in Bangladesh

Blaze is believed to have been started by a boiler explosion

dhaka, bangladesh

Water from a broken hose drenches a firefighter at the site of a fire at in Tongi industrial area outside Dhaka | Photo: PA Images

A fire at a factory in Bangladesh has killed at least 25 people and injured dozens others. 

A boiler explosion is believed to have started the blaze around 12 miles north of the capital, Dhaka.

AFP quoted a local police officials as suggesting that chemicals in the Tampaco Foils Limited factory may have helped to quickly spread the flames.

"What we have heard is that there were chemicals stored on the ground floor. As a result, the fire took no time to spread," Tahmidul Islam said. 

It caused the partial collapse of the four-storey building, which had around 100 people inside.

The factory is a supplier for major brands including British-American Tobacco Bangladesh Limited and Nestle Bangladesh Limited, according to the company's website.