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Workers stand outside an 11-story building that houses the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. factory and apartments after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The fire broke out in the building Wednesday night, not long after the up to 300 workers of the factory went home for the day, killing at least eight people officials said Thursday.

Ismail Ferdous, Associated Press - Ap

Workers stand outside an 11-story building that houses the Tung Hai Sweater Ltd. factory and apartments after a fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, May 9, 2013. The fire broke out in the building Wednesday night, not long after the up to 300 workers of the factory went home for the day, killing at least eight people officials said Thursday.

Ismail Ferdous, Associated Press - Ap

Bangladesh workers find survivor in factory rubble

  • Article by: JULHAS ALAM
  • Associated Press
  • May 10, 2013 - 5:51 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed a woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people.

The rescuers discovered the woman Friday afternoon and ordered the cranes and bulldozers to immediately stop work. They used handsaws to cut her out of the rubble, and the crowd gathered at the scene erupted in cheers when she was freed. She was rushed to a military hospital in an ambulance.

Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal.

Abdur Razzak, a warrant officer with the military's engineering department who spotted her in the wreckage, said she was OK and could even walk.

Workers at the site began tearing through the nearby wreckage looking for other survivors.

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