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7 Killed in Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire

Officials in Bangladesh say at least seven people died in a fire in a garment factory in the capital late Wednesday.

The fire erupted in the Tung Hai Sweater Factory in Dhaka's Mirpur district after most workers had gone home.

Authorities say police and garment factory officials were holding a meeting in the 11-story building when the fire broke out.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bangladesh government said it had shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons following the April 24 collapse of a building housing five garment factories. The death toll from that incident has risen to more than 800.

Bangladesh's $20-billion textile industry accounts for nearly 80 percent of the country's exports.

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