Owner of Bangladesh factory ravaged in fire says he didn't know it needed emergency exits

Julhas Alam, The Associated Press
November 29, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he never realized it was supposed to have a special emergency exit.

The factory in a Dhaka suburb was making 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 was quoted Thursday as telling 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."

He said: "I could have done it. But nobody ever suggested that I do it."