KARACHI: At least 16 labourers have been killed as fire engulfed a chemical factory in Mehran Town area of district Korangi in Karachi on Friday.
According to initial details, burnt bodies of 16 workers were recovered. Several fire fighters also got injured during rescue efforts when a part of the building collapsed. The rescue operation is underway and fire fighters are trying to douse the blaze.
The bodies and injured have been shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center for autopsy and medical treatment respectively. Cause of the fire could not be ascertained until filing of the report.
A woman was seen at the site of the incident crying for her son to be rescued alive. She relayed that the factory caught fire at 10:00 am in the morning. She claimed that when she asked the factory’s administration to put off the fire, she was thrown out and the building was locked up.
The Sindh rangers spokesperson said that the fire was controlled and the process of cooling was continued. He said the site of the incident had been cordoned off by the Rangers personnel, who were also busy with the teams in rescue operation.
Meanwhile, Chief Fire Officer said that 75 percent fire had been controlled. He said that the factory building did not have proper arrangements for an emergency situation.
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)’s MNA Faheem Khan and MPA Raja Azhar were also present on this occasion. They expressed remorse over the tragic incident and asked police and other rescue teams to expedite the efforts to rescue people.
Raja Azhar said that the loss of invaluable lives and property was deplorable. He prayed for speedy recovery of the victims.
Senior Director Municipal Services Syed Muhammed Taha also inspected the factory in Karachi and rescue operation.