Huge fire hits garment factory in New Karachi – Journal
KARACHI: A huge fire that broke out on Saturday night at a garment factory in Karachi’s New Industrial Zone was extinguished on Sunday and the cooling process was still ongoing, officials said.
They said no casualties were reported in the blaze.
They said the fire broke out at the Al-Awal garment factory around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Initially, a few fire offers were sent out, but after realizing the intensity of the fire, more fire offers from five stations have been sent since it was declared a third degree fire. .
The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board declared a state of emergency at its Sakhi Hasan fire hydrant to ensure a steady supply of adequate water to control the blaze.
Central Deputy Commissioner Dr Raja Mahar said 16 fire tenders had been issued across the city to control the blaze.
Firefighters said the blaze was brought under control around 12 p.m. Sunday, but cooling work was continuing. The cause of the fire and the estimated financial loss could not be determined immediately.
Karachi New Industrial Zone SHO Younus Khattak said an electrical short circuit could have caused the fire. He said there were no workers inside the industrial unit due to the weekly holidays.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the region’s traders association, Faisal Moeed, told media outlets that there were fire offers provided by the federal government in the region, but staff were not available to help. operate the same thing and put out the fire.
He said timely action by the district administration saved other factories from possible destruction.
Posted in Dawn on May 31, 2021