he garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where a fire killed 112 workers on Nov. 24, should have been shut down months ago, according to The Associated Press. When the factory's fire certification expired on June 30, Dhaka's fire authorities refused to renew it because just three of the building's eight floors were legal. A ninth floor was being built, said the factory owner. Though the factory had three staircases, it had no specially designed emergency exits. Fire extinguishers in the building either didn't work or workers didn't know how to use them, survivors said. Since the blaze, the fire department has inspected 232 factories in the same industrial area where the destroyed factory was located. It found that more than one-quarter of them — 64 — had fire code violations. They remain open, as owners are given 30 days to address the issues inspectors find.
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