Eight people have been killed and at least 24 critically injured when a devastating fire swept through an illegal plastics factory outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said Thursday.

The fire started on Wednesday afternoon and quickly ripped through the ground floor of the Prime Patent Plastic factory at Keraniganj, just southwest of Dhaka, they said.

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“One person burned to death on the spot and 33 workers were critically burned. Seven of them later died in Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” local police chief Shah Zaman told AFP news agency.

The factory was operating illegally, he said, adding scores of firefighters battled for three hours to bring the fire under control.

One of the survivors, Zakir Hossain, told local media outlet Bangla News that nearly

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