Officers say an enormous hearth has swept by way of a multi-story industrial constructing in Pakistan’s largest southern port metropolis of Karachi, killing no less than three individuals and damaging a number of retailers
ByThe Related Press
December 6, 2023, 12:40 PM
KARACHI, Pakistan — An enormous hearth broke out Wednesday at a multi-story industrial constructing in Pakistan’s largest southern port metropolis of Karachi, killing no less than three individuals and damaging a number of retailers, police and rescue officers mentioned.
The hearth began at a furnishings retailer and shortly engulfed different retailers on the bottom ground of the constructing generally known as Ayesha Manzil, mentioned Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab. He mentioned firefighters doused the flames after hectic efforts.
Wahab and hospital officers mentioned three individuals died within the blaze and one individual was injured.
TV footage confirmed billowing into the sky as flames engulfed elements of the constructing.
The reason for the fireplace was not instantly clear and officers mentioned they have been nonetheless investigating.
Most constructions in Karachi, and different elements of the nation, lack hearth prevention and firefighting techniques, which frequently ends in damages and casualties.
Karachi is the capital of southern Sindh province, the place such incidents are frequent.
Wednesday’s blaze got here lower than two weeks after a fireplace tore by way of a shopping center in Karachi, killing 11 individuals. Within the deadliest such incident, 260 individuals have been killed after being trapped inside a garment manufacturing unit when a fireplace broke out within the metropolis in 2012.