Owner Of Burned Out Factory Unaware Of Need For Fire Exits

DHAKA, Bangladesh (November 29, 2012)--The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where fire killed 112 people says he never realized the factory was supposed to have a special emergency exit.

The factory in a Dhaka suburb was producing clothes for Wal-Mart, Sears, Disney and other global retailers.

Fire officials said the death toll from the weekend fire would have been much lower if it the factory had an emergency exit.

Factory owner Delwar Hossain told The Daily Star newspaper, "It was my fault. But nobody told me that there was no emergency exit, which could be made accessible from outside. Nobody even advised me to install one like that, apart from the existing ones."

"I could have done it. But nobody ever suggested that I do it,” he said.

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