A boiler explosion at a clothing factory in Bangladesh has reportedly killed 10 people and injured up to 50.
The explosion occurred at a factory owned by knitwear manufacturer Multifabs on the outskirts of Dhaka on 3 July, Reuters reported.
The blast caused walls and a roof to fall in on the six-storey building. The factory had been closed for 10 days for Eid and was being readied to resume operations from Tuesday 4 July.
Multifabs lists Littlewoods, Lindex and Aldi among its retail partners on its website.
A spokesman for Shop Direct said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the incident at the Multifabs site in Gazipur. Our thoughts are with those who lost their lives and everyone impacted by this tragedy. Our commercial relationship with Multifabs ended in January 2017. However, as committed members of the Bangladesh Accord on Building and Fire Safety, we will work with our partners and the Accord to support the factory, its workers and all those affected in the aftermath of this tragic event.”
In a statement on its website Lindex said: “We take this accident very seriously but now our main concern is with those suffering from the accident. Our deepest sympathies and condolences goes to the affected families. We have been cooperating with Multifabs for many years and we will work together and support them in any way we can.
”As part of our health and safety work, we signed the Bangladesh Accord in 2013. Since then we have seen a significant improvement in this area. So far it looks like it is a terrible accident that has occurred. We are currently monitoring the situation, our local Lindex employees are at the factory together with the Bangladesh Accord to assist and find out what has happened.”
The incident comes four years after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh which killed 1,134 people.