LAHORE: Clothes worth billions of rupees were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out in a warehouse in Gajumatta area located in Nishtar Colony on Thursday.
Upon receiving information of the incident, Rescue 1122 reached the site. After a considerable amount of effort, rescue workers managed to get the flames under control.
Despite the significant financial loss, no loss of life was reported in the incident. Initial investigations suggest that the cause of the fire was an electrical short circuit. Previously, at least five people were killed in Lahore when a bakery located in Barkat Market caught fire.
Five people rescued died due to suffocation while being shifted to Jinnah Hospital. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained but rescue services suspected a short circuit to be the cause of the incident.
In March, at least four family members including a husband, wife and their two children were burnt to death after their house caught fire in WAPDA Town. Rescue forces and firefighters reached the spot to extinguish the fire out before transporting the dead bodies for post-mortem.
The deceased were identified as Sarfaraz, his wife Saba and their children Amna and Shiraz. The owner of the house told officials he did not know when and how the room caught fire.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2018.
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