SAVAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The fugitive owner of an illegally constructed building that collapsed and killed at least 377 people was captured Sunday by a commando force as he tried to flee into India. At the disaster site, meanwhile, fire broke out in the wreckage and forced authorities to suspend the search for survivors temporarily.
An official says the owner was arrested in a western Bangladesh border town. He was brought back by helicopter to the capital of Dhaka where he faces charges of negligence.
The man's capture was announced by loudspeaker at the disaster site, drawing cheers and applause from those awaiting the outcome of a continuing search-and-rescue operation for survivors of Wednesday's collapse.
Many of those killed were workers at clothing factories in the building, and the collapse was the deadliest disaster to hit the garment industry in Bangladesh that is worth $20 billion annually and is a mainstay of the economy.
The fire that broke out late Sunday night was caused by sparks as rescuers tried to cut through a steel rod to reach a trapped woman