Deadly Bangladesh factory fire (PHOTOS)

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At least 112 people died in what is now the deadliest fire to ever hit the country's garment industry.

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The exit door was locked.

The fire alarm sounded. But, as survivor Mohammad Ripu told the Associated Press, factory managers told workers "Nothing happened. The fire alarm had just gone out of order. Go back to work."

"Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower," the fire department operations director, Maj. Mohammad Mahbub told the AP.

Saturday's garment-factory fire in a Dhaka suburb Bangladesh killed at least 112 people — many were trapped inside, and some leapt out of the flaming nine-story building in attempts to escape.

On Monday, about 15,000 Bangladeshi workers protested the deadly working conditions that took so many lives, as hundreds of factories closed.

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    Citizens and firefighters fight to extinguish a fire in the Tazreen Fashion plant in Savar, Bangladesh on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    At least 112 people died in what is now the deadliest fire to ever hit the country's garment industry.

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    A rickshaw driver transports victims who died in the nine-story factory on Nov. 25, 2012. Workers jumped from high windows to escape the smoke and flames.

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    Bangladeshi Army personel carry the bodies of victims who died in the fire on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    Bangladeshi men carry the body of a victim on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    A Bangladeshi woman mourns as she holds the body of a relative who died in the fire on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    Bangladeshi firefighters carry an injured man from the garment factory on Nov. 26, 2012.

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    Army personel walk through rows of burnt sewing machines after a fire on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    A fire-man examines burnt materials after a fire on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    Debris and ashes on a floor of the nine-storey Tazreen Fashion plant on Nov. 25, 2012.

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    Bangladeshi firefighters stand in a burned out bulding as they try and control a fire that broke out at a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka on Nov. 26, 2012.

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    Mohammad Ali holds up a photograph of his missing daughter who worked at a garment factory on Nov. 26, 2012. Garment workers staged mass protests to demand the end to 'deathtrap' labour conditions. A Hong Kong sourcing company said it would pay $1,200 in compensation to the family of each worker killed.

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