One killed as fire erupts in 11-storey building
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