KARACHI: A report has revealed the causes behind increased number of deaths in Karachi chemical factory fire that erupted on Friday in Mehran Town, Korangi district.
The death toll in the incident has risen to 17. The rescue operation has been completed at the factory. While, the Deputy Commissioner has sent a preliminary report to Commissioner Karachi Naveed Sheikh on the fire and deaths in the incident.
According to the report, the fire spread rapidly due to the chemicals in the factory and the death toll increased because of absence of emergency exit. The lack of arrangements for an emergency situation caused the deaths of the workers because of suffocation.
The door on the roof was locked and attempts to break the lock were unsuccessful. An attempt to break the iron grill on the windows also failed.
The fire broke out at 10:08 a.m., the report said. It took nine hours to put out the fire. Two rescue workers were also injured.
According to the report, 16 people were burnt to death in the tragic incident while one died of a heart attack outside the factory.
Funeral prayers have been offered for eight people, including three siblings, who died in the blaze. The Karachi Development Authority (KDA) said that the affected chemical factory, on Plot No. C4P, was a residential plot and commercial construction could not be done on that. The society was set up for Pakistanis abroad, the officials said.
On the day of the incident, a woman was seen at the site of the incident crying for her son to be rescued alive. She had relayed that the factory caught fire at 10:00 am in the morning. She had claimed that when she asked the factory’s administration to put off the fire, she was thrown out and the building was locked up.
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI)’s MNA Faheem Khan and MPA Raja Azhar were also present on this occasion. They had expressed remorse over the tragic incident and asked police and other rescue teams to expedite the efforts to rescue people.