One killed as fire erupts in 11-storey build­ing

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI—Leader of MQM Dr. Fa­rooq Satar keenly view­ing paint­ing of Haya Amir Fa­rooqi at PACC. KARACHI—A huge fire that erupted early on Sun­day in a multi-storey build­ing was brought un­der con­trol af­ter four-hour long strug­gle in Clifton, fire bri­gade of­fi­cials said.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, an 11-storey build­ing in Clifton area of Karachi caught fire on Sun­day and claimed the life of atleast one per­son. The in­ci­dent oc­curred at 4:30 am in Block-4 of Clifton.

On get­ting in­for­ma­tion, four vehicles of fire bri­gade reached the scene how­ever; more fire ten­ders were called in af­ter ob­serv­ing the in­ten­sity of the blaze. Power pro­vi­sion in the area was sus­pended as a re­sult of the inferno.

Atleast 12 ten­ders and one snorkel doused the fire af­ter a hec­tic ef­fort of four hours.

A man was taken out in a dead state from the eighth floor of the com­mer­cial build­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the fire bri­gade of­fi­cials, the vic­tim was a se- cu­rity guard and died due to suf­fo­ca­tion. The of­fi­cials also said that 12 peo­ple stuck in the build­ing were evac­u­ated with the help of a snorkel. Eight peo­ple stuck on the rooftop were also taken out of the build­ing in the res­cue op­er­a­tion.

The in­ci­dent un­der­scored lack of re­sources, the Fire Bri­gade Depart­ment has been fac­ing as the snorkel had no ac­cess be­yond sixth floor and three peo­ple stranded at the eighth floor had to reach the snorkel us­ing ropes.

Ac­cord­ing to Chief Fire of­fi­cer Tehseen Ahmed, the fire was ex­tin­guished with the help of five fire ten­ders and one snorkel.

It was re­ported that the fire was caused by an ex­plo­sion by an AC com­pres­sor and in­ten­si­fied over time.

Sindh Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment Jam Khan Shoro also reached the site to over­view the res­cue ac­tiv­i­ties. While speak­ing to me­dia he said that the fire depart­ment re­quires a he­li­copter, adding that af­ter the Cabi­net’s ap­proval a he­li­copter will be bought. “This is alarm­ing that Karachi Fire depart­ment has only one snorkel, which also can’t go be­yond six floors while the city has sev­eral multi-storey build­ings,” he said.

The met­ro­pol­i­tan has wit­nessed a se­ries of blazes within just a few days. On Fri­day, three fire in­ci­dents oc­curred at dif­fer­ent places within a sin­gle day in Karachi. Fire­fight­ers had suc­cess­fully brought un­der con­trol two fires at a medicine man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory in Hawkes­bay and a gar­ment fac­tory in the SITE area. How­ever, a ware­house stor­ing tires in Gul­bani area in­volved re­cur­rent fires but the sit­u­a­tion was even­tu­ally brought un­der con­trol af­ter a strug­gle of more than 24 hours by the fire­fight­ers.—INP KARACHI—In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Sun­day met with the Chief Jus­tice of Sindh High Court Jus­tice Sa­j­jad Ali Shah.

He was ac­com­pa­nied by the Sindh Gover­nor, Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan.

The In­te­rior Min­is­ter ap­prised the Chief Jus­tice of the head­way so far made to­wards the ef­forts for the re­cov­ery of his son, Awais Ali Khan. He hoped that the son of the SHC Chief Jus­tice would be got re­cov­ered soon.

Chaudhry Nisar along with Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan also vis­ited the res­i­dence of em­i­nent Qawwal Am­jad Sabri and of­fered con­do­lences to the mem­bers of the be­reaved fam­ily.

On the oc­ca­sion, they also of­fered Fateha for ‘Isal-i-Sawab’ to the de­parted soul.

They as­sured the be­reaved fam­ily that the killers of Am­jad Sabri would be brought to jus­tice and for this the law en­force­ment agen­cies are swiftly car­ry­ing for­ward the process of in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The Sindh Gover­nor said that the mur­der of Am­jad Sabri has sad­dened his fans in Pak­istan and other parts of the world.—APP

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­te­rior and Nar­cotics Con­trol Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of­fer­ing Fateha for the de­parted soul of Qawwal Am­jad Sabri at his res­i­dence.—PO Photo

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