Manila, Philippines (BBN)-The death toll in a fire that destroyed a shoe factory in the Philippine capital has risen to 72, officials say.
Police have vowed to take swift action against those responsible, amid workers’ claims of poor health and safety standards, reports BBC.
“Definitely there will be charges here, because people died,” acting national police chief Leonardo Espina said.
Police say the fire started when sparks from welding work ignited flammable chemicals near the building’s entrance.
The Philippines has lax safety standards and large fires are relatively common, particularly in slum areas.