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Fire kills four guests at live Ramadan TV show

“At least four local guests, who were participating in a religious programme, were killed and nine others wounded in the fire,” said local police official Omar Farooq.—File Photo

LAHORE: Four television guests were killed during a live Ramadan broadcast in Pakistan on Monday, when fire gutted a studio in the eastern city of Lahore, police said.

An electricity short circuit sparked an inferno at the Koh-e-Noor channel building at 3:46 am as the programme, Sehri Transmission, was being aired.

“At least four local guests, who were participating in a religious programme, were killed and nine others wounded in the fire,” local police official Omar Farooq told AFP.

Transmission was cut when the fire began.

Around 45 people, including crew and channel staff, had been in the studio but most managed to escape through emergency exits, police said.

“Our initial investigation reveals an electricity short-circuit as the chief cause of the fire but we are still investigating,” Farooq said.

TV channel official Kamran Sarfaraz and a local rescue official confirmed the incident.

Comments (11) Closed

Jul 30, 2012 03:49pm
Which channell? What are their names? Saddened by this tragic event. Thoughts and pryares with the deceased and their families.
Tahir ali
Jul 31, 2012 03:01pm
Kohinoor Channel
Jul 30, 2012 04:56pm
Businessmen should start thinking about spending money (at least basic security requirements within their business premises); just not how to make. And hire professional staff (properly paid) to manage the affairs.
shahzad khan
Jul 30, 2012 03:35pm
inna lellahe wa inaielihe rajeaon
Aug 01, 2012 02:52pm
Jul 30, 2012 07:15pm
Did anybody else notice the police "crime scene" tape upside down?? Pity.
Jul 30, 2012 07:56pm
Ina lillahe wa ina ilahe rajeoon. Perhaps Nature's way of telling us to please stop putting so many programs up for Sehr and Iftar. We can probably do well as in the old times with the local Muazin guiding us to stop or start eating!
nasir nazeer
Jul 31, 2012 04:49am
may God cool their soul
Raja imran Dhruggi
Jul 31, 2012 11:21am
May Allah bless All of them peace in heaven in this holy month of Ramazan.
Mujib ur Rahman
Aug 01, 2012 05:30pm
bless their soul in the month of ramadan
Aug 02, 2012 03:19am
Did you notice? Dead are the ones who didn't know exactly where the exit door is. They were there as your guests and you (The channel) should be responsible to let them aware of the exit doors well before the programme. It so unfortunate that the whole country works like this and don't even follow these basic rules.