"The company will immediately order its production stopped at facilities where urgent safety issues are identified, notify the factory owner and government authorities of the need to take action," Walmart said.
"The eight people who died rushed to a gate leading onto the roof, but it was locked. They then tried to come downstairs but they were overwhelmed by toxic smoke in the stairwell," national fire chief Ahmed Ali said.
The move comes days after Bangladesh agreed with the International Labour Organization to give safety 'the highest consideration' amid government fears that Western garment firms might start sourcing goods from other countries.
"Four huge generators were set up on each of the top floors where garment factories were located, violating rules," Khandaker, a senior home ministry official, told AFP. "When these generators were started after a power cut they...