Gul­bai fire brought under con­trol af­ter 23 hours

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

KARACHI—A blaz­ing fire which erupted at a fac­tory in Gul­bai has been brought to con­trol af­ter more than 23 hours.

The fire ex­posed the in­ef­fi­cient and rather dis­mal abil­i­ties of the ad­min­is­tra­tive and fire-fight­ing depart­ments to han­dle emer­gen­cies and such in­ci­dents.

The tyre ware­house was com­pletely burned down to the ground and ev­ery­thing inside turned to ashes as the fire was kept for burn- ing for al­most one day.

The fac­tory own­ers were left teary eyed as they lost their life­time worth of ef­forts and earn­ings in the fire. They said that the dam­age would have much lesser if the fire bri­gade had ar­rived on time and acted promptly on the emer­gency call.

They said that the fire of­fi­cials ar­rived more than two hours late, de­spite re­peated calls to ar­rive quickly at the site of the in­ci­dent. The fire bri­gade blamed the short­age of wa­ter in the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Fire of­fi­cial Javed Has­san said that they had to fetch wa­ter from far away ar­eas which caused a de­lay due to be­ing stuck in heavy traf­fic. He said that the own­ers are also re­spon­si­ble in most of th­ese type of cases.

There were only thir­teen fire ten­ders and two bowsers to con­tain the third-de­gree fire. There are only two snorkels cur­rently in use out of three for a city with a pop­u­la­tion of 20 mil­lion—DNA KARACHI—Pun­jab Food Min­is­ter Bi­lal Yasin on Satur­day vis­ited a lo­cal hos­pi­tal to in­quire about the health of em­i­nent so­cial worker, Ab­dul Sat­tar Edhi.

He also pre­sented him a bou­quet on be­half of the Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter, Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif. The Min- is­ter pre­sented trib­utes to Sat­tar Edhi on his im­mense ser­vices for the cause of hu­man­ity.

On the oc­ca­sion, the Pun­jab Min­is­ter prayed for the early re­cov­ery of Sat­tar Edhi.

Sat­tar Edhi in­formed the vis­it­ing Min­is­ter that he lot.

Begum Bilquees Edhi thanked Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif for send­ing his cabi­net min­is­ter to in­quire about the health of Sat­tar Edhi.—APP still in­tends to do a

Pun­jab Food Min­is­ter Bi­lal Yasin in­quir­ing af­ter health of Ab­dul Sat­tar Edhi on be­half of Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter.

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