Dozens Dead Following Footwear Factory Fire in Manila

At least 72 people—though that number could rise—were killed when a fire broke out in a factory in Manila. Workers who escaped and family members of victims reportedly complained of the poor working conditions and lack of safety standards at the factory that made inexpensive sandals. In a press conference, national police chief Leonardo Espina said, “Someone will definitely be charged because of the deaths. It doesn’t matter if it’s an accident, people died. Right now, we are investigating to clearly define what happened. For sure, someone will be charged” …

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