Philippines footwear factory fire leaves at least 72 dead

July 8, 2015

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Outside of Manilla last Thursday, a slipper factory erupted in flames and trapped many workers inside in a thick cloud of smoke from burning rubber and chemicals. At least 72 people died and scores more were injured. The factor’s second floor was where most of the victims perished, according to officials, and family members of workers have reported that the windows there were covered in fencing wire and iron grills, making escape impossible. Working conditions in the Philippines have been scrutinized for some time, and this most recent tragedy focuses that spotlight, prompting the country’s leaders to promise a full investigation. Will it be enough?

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