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Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender Over Deadly Fire

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Security personnel escort Delwar Hossain, one of two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where more than 110 workers died in a fire two years ago, to court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 9, 2014.

Security personnel escort Delwar Hossain, one of two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where more than 110 workers died in a fire two years ago, to court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 9, 2014.

Two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where more than 110 people died in a fire more than a year ago have surrendered to authorities and are seeking bail after being charged with homicide.

The pair turned themselves in Sunday in Dhaka.

They are among 13 people facing charges stemming from the November 2012 blaze.

The Tazreen Fashion factory produced clothing for major American and European brands, including Walmart and Disney.

Officials say the factory did not have a valid fire safety license at the time of the fire, and that a lack of emergency exits contributed to the high number of deaths.

Bangladesh earns about $20 billion annually from overseas clothing sales, roughly 80 percent of its exports
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