At least 25 dead in Lahore shoe factory fire

People stand as rescue work is carried out at the factory where fire broke out in Lahore. – Photo by AP
People stand as rescue work is carried out at the factory where fire broke out in Lahore. – Photo by AP

LAHORE: At least 25 workers were killed on Tuesday when fire erupted inside shoe factory in Lahore, DawnNews reported.

Rescue teams have recovered several injured workers, who were then shifted to Mayo Hospital.

“Five injured persons were brought here, (the) condition of three of them is critical,” doctor Zahid Pervaiz, medical superintendent of the main Mayo Hospital told AFP.

Fire crews succeeded in controlling the blaze after several hours and rescue workers had evacuated all those trapped inside the factory.

Five more bodies and 13 more workers with severe burns were brought to Mian Munshi hospital, a doctor there said.

The factory, which is located at Band Road in Gulshan-i-Ravi, caught from its generator.

Medical Officer of Mayo hospital Zahid Pervez confirmed the death toll.

According to DawnNews, fire-fighting teams have been successful in containing 85 per cent of the fire.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has “expressed shock and grief over the loss of precious lives and directed the concerned authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured”, his media office said.

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Imran Ahsan Mirza
Sep 12, 2012 03:12am
Similar in Karachi on the same day. Pakistan has very poor record of industrial work place occupational health and safety. There is no government framework for this and no enforcing mechanism. Pakistan government and people are more interested in who is Muslim and Kafir.
Syed Nasir Ali
Sep 12, 2012 08:06am
ALLAH rest their sole in peace, Amen, and give courrage to their relatives to bear this irrepairable loss.
Sep 12, 2012 12:46am
After every one or two months we have to read such sad news. why don
marghoob ahmed siddiqui
Sep 11, 2012 06:45pm
Tragic incidence. GOD may save every one from such calamities. No good news from Pakistan. We must pray GOD to forgive us for our wrong doings.
Sep 11, 2012 05:56pm
These are the conditions our workers have to endure for measly wages and no job security.
abdul Jabbar
Sep 11, 2012 08:29pm
labour department punjab and factory owner is responsible for loss of lives, fire alarm system or other emergency procedures were not adopted, the responsible persons should be punished.
Sep 11, 2012 04:24pm
Its about time we took care of work place security details. I know in a fan factory fire 7 children were trapped. They were in a room with only one exit!! and thats where fire was. People were trying to save them by hammering down out side wall, kids, most of them, sadly died. could have been prevented with two exits.
Sep 11, 2012 03:07pm
Never heard that big number getting killed in a Shoe Factory fire, could be because of complete lack of fire safety procedures and training. Mandatory fire safety procedures and trainings should be 100% enforced on Industries.
Sep 11, 2012 05:39pm
Why do you shy away in naming such bad management, who did not take proper safety measure. I am so sure that these owners would be getting scot free . regards
Mushtaq Ahmad
Sep 11, 2012 02:46pm
May Allah give them place in Janat -they died while earing living for their families- we can call them Shaheed
Sep 11, 2012 02:19pm
Sep 11, 2012 02:35pm
This is horrible and heart-breaking. May the departed souls rest in eternal peace. At the very least, the bigger cities of Pakistan need a better, much more efficient and well-trained, well-equipped fire-fighting force at par with those of other countries. Our fire brigade is a joke. I vividly remember the fire that erupted at the Pace shopping center in Gulberg, Lahore, some years ago and the first fire engine that got the closest to the fire was still a few hundred feet away from the location before it's crappy and unmaintained engine stalled. Afterward, people had to use buckets to throw water at the raging fire. By the time the fire had burnt itself out after several hours, multiple people had burnt to death along with tens of millions of rupees worth of merchandise being reduced to ash. In addition to a better fire-fighting force, we need to include fire-fighting equipment, e.g. fire hydrants with adequate water flow, preferably fire sprinklers in commercial establishments, etc. At the very least fire extinguishers should be made available in commercial setups along with employees properly trained how on to use them.
Sep 11, 2012 09:57pm
Wonder how much of this and Karachi tragedies are due to lack of compliance of safety standards
Sep 11, 2012 07:31pm
Can someone please tell me the name of the factory and its owner?
Sep 11, 2012 09:38pm
Yes it is very sad but it was preventable. I urge ciy authorities to ensure that building construction and safety codes and city bylaws are implemented and are followed. In adddition to the factory owners relevant city officials should be prosecuted to prove as to if they are getting salaries to do this job why did they fail to ensure the bylaws are followed. Its the menace of dishonesty and corruption that is behind most of these unfortunate incidences and loss of vauable life.