SAVAR, Bangladesh: A fire broke out in the rubble of a Bangladesh factory complex, killing the last remaining survivor trapped since the building's collapse five days earlier, the country's fire chief said.
"The fire broke out as we were cutting a beam to bring out what we believe was the last remaining survivor from the collapsed building. We managed to douse it, but as we came back we saw her dead," Ahmed Ali said.
"She was a brave lady and fought until the end. We worked for 10-11 hours today just to try to bring her out alive. We took the challenge but we lost. It's broken all our hearts. Everyone became emotional," he said.
Firefighters were seen weeping live on television after the death.
The female garment worker's battle for survival had touched the nation as people watched the rescue efforts on television.
The rescue teams had to postpone a decision to clean up the debris with cranes and earth-moving equipment to make sure it did not harm her chance for survival.
A volunteer said although she was weak, she was able to make a feeble cry for help from underneath the debris on Sunday morning.
"When we first arrived on the scene, she pleaded with us to not to leave her. We gave her water, oxygen, saline and food. And she ate and hang on," said a volunteer involved in the rescue operation
The eight-storey building that housed five garment factories caved in on Wednesday, killing at least 381 people and trapping hundreds of others, mostly female garment workers, Dhaka police officer Moshiuddowla Reza told AFP.
Some 2500 people were rescued alive from the rubble, which included about 1000 seriously injured workers, many of whom had to have their limbs amputated to free them from the rubble.
Police earlier arrested the owner of the building and three proprietors of export-oriented garment factories for forcing the workers to work in the building despite it developing visible cracks a day before the tragedy.
Police said the owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested on Sunday trying to flee to India.
He was arrested by the elite Rapid Action Battalion in the border town of Benapole, Dhaka District Police Chief Habibur Rahman said, ending a four-day manhunt.
Bangladesh television showed Mr Rana, a local leader of the ruling Awami League's youth front, being flown by helicopter to the capital Dhaka, where he will face charges of faulty construction and causing unlawful death.
Bangladesh factory owner captured
Fugitive owner of collapsed Bangladesh factory is arrested, as families of victims await news.