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UNHCR warehouse gutted in Quetta fire

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a warehouse of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Quetta on Wednesday. – Photo by AFP

QUETTA: A warehouse of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), located on Airport Road in the provincial capital, gutted in fire on Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson to the UNHCR Balochistan, Javeria Tareen said, “Fire suddenly broke out in a warehouse of UNHCR located in Killi Gul Muhammad Airport road Quetta at about 4:30 pm,” adding that as a result of fire, goods stored in the godown for Afghan refugees reduced to ash.

She said that no loss of life was reported in the fire.

Tareen said that investigation has been ordered to ascertain reasons of the fire. “Presently, we can not determine the cause whether a sabotage act is behind the fire eruption or internal electricity short circuit or any other reason caused the fire,” she said.

The UNHCR spokesperson said that goods pertaining to humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees including tents, blankets, medicines and other non-food items stored in the warehouse were burnt.

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