13 Pak­ista­nis killed in Jor­dan house fire

Seven chil­dren among the dead in ru­ral area

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY ASH­FAQ AHMED As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor — On­line

Thirteen Pak­ista­nis, in­clud­ing seven chil­dren, were burnt to death in a house fire in Jor­dan.

The tragedy hap­pened early yes­ter­day when a blaze tore through their cor­ru­gated metal home in a ru­ral area in the west of the coun­try.

Pak­istani em­bassy of­fi­cial in Am­man con­firmed the in­ci­dent. “Yes, it is very un­for­tu­nate.”

A state­ment sent to Gulf News by the Pak­istan em­bassy said apart from chil­dren four women and two men were also killed. “The cause of the fire has been re­ported as short cir­cuit.” The vic­tims be­longed to a Joya fam­ily from Dadu district in Sindh prov­ince. The head of the fam­ily Ali Sher Joya sur­vived the fire. The fam­ily re­port­edly mi­grated from Pak­istan to Jor­dan in 1970s and were associated with the agri­cul­ture. Jor­dan is home to thou­sands of Pak­ista­nis, many of them labour­ers.

A Pak­istan Em­bassy spokesper­son told Gulf News that the em­bassy is in con­tact with the fam­ily and rel­a­tives of the de­ceased re­sid­ing in Jor­dan. A con­sular team headed by the Head of Chancery Has­nain Haider is with the fam­ily to pro­vide as­sis­tance.

At least 13 Pak­ista­nis, in­clud­ing seven chil­dren, were burnt to death when their house caught fire in Jor­dan. The in­ci­dent hap­pened early yes­ter­day morn­ing when a blaze tore through their cor­ru­gated metal home in a ru­ral area of west­ern Jor­dan, au­thor­i­ties said.

A Pak­istani Em­bassy of­fi­cial in Am­man con­firmed the in­ci­dent. “Yes, it is very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent [that] hap­pened here close to Am­man.

“It is sadly in­formed that 13 Pak­istani na­tion­als in­clud­ing seven chil­dren and four women and two men liv­ing in Jor­dan have ex­pired due to a fire which broke out in their tent. The fire re­port­edly broke out around 2am on December 2. The cause of the fire has been re­ported to be short cir­cuit,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment sent to Gulf News by the Pak­istan Em­bassy in Jor­dan.

The state­ment fur­ther read: “Three Pak­ista­nis were also in­jured due to the in­ci­dent and are in sta­ble con­di­tion. All the vic­tims were re­sid­ing near Karama city which about 40km west of Am­man near the Dead Sea. As per re­ports, the lo­cal fire bri­gade re­sponded to the in­ci­dent.

“The vic­tims be­longed to a Joya fam­ily from Dadu district in Sindh Prov­ince. The head of the fam­ily Ali Sher Joya has sur­vived the in­ci­dent. The fam­ily re­port­edly mi­grated from Pak­istan to Jor­dan in 1970s and were associated with the agri­cul­ture/farm­ing pro­fes­sion.”

The Pak­istan Em­bassy spokesper­son told Gulf News that they em­bassy is in con­tact with the fam­ily and rel­a­tives of the de­ceased re­sid­ing in Jor­dan. “The fam­ily mem­bers have in­di­cated that they will bury the bod­ies in Jor­dan,” the spokesper­son said.

A con­sular team headed by the Head of Chancery Has­nain Haider is with the fam­ily to pro­vide as­sis­tance.

Elec­tri­cal fault

Res­cue ser­vices in Am­man said: “13 peo­ple died and three oth­ers were in­jured when fire broke out in a cor­ru­gated metal house on a farm in South Shona. The makeshift build­ing was home to two Pak­istani fam­i­lies work­ing as agri­cul­tural labour­ers.”

Fire ser­vice spokesman Iyad Al Omari told state tele­vi­sion chan­nel Al Mam­laka that eight chil­dren, four women and a man had died in the blaze at around 2am, which was likely caused by an elec­tri­cal fault.

The vic­tims be­longed to a Joya fam­ily from Dadu district in Sindh Prov­ince. The head of the fam­ily Ali Sher Joya has sur­vived the in­ci­dent. The fam­ily re­port­edly mi­grated from Pak­istan to Jor­dan in 1970s and were associated with the agri­cul­ture/farm­ing pro­fes­sion.” State­ment from Pak­istan Em­bassy

Home to many Pak­ista­nis

Jor­dan is home to thou­sands of Pak­ista­nis, many of them agri­cul­tural labour­ers. House fires in Jor­dan are of­ten caused by the use of cheap but dan­ger­ous forms of heat­ing while the oc­cu­pants are asleep.

Prime Min­is­ter of Jor­dan Omar Raz­zaz in­structed the min­is­ters of in­te­rior and health to fol­low up the con­se­quences of the fire as com­mit­tee was set up to probe the fire cause of the fire.

The Prime Min­is­ter also un­der­lined the im­por­tance of co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Gen­eral Direc­torate of the Civil De­fence and the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to speed up the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process. He also ad­vised that the aware­ness cam­paign must be ex­panded dur­ing win­ter to avoid such in­ci­dents.

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