Firemen putting out a fire in a Karachi factory.    — File Photo by ONLINE

KARACHI: A fire that broke out in the chemical warehouse of a plastic bag manufacturing factory in Karachi's Gulbai area engulfed the entire factory on Sunday as the intensity of  blaze increased , DawnNews reported.

Fire tenders reached the spot from across the city.

Fire tenders of the Air force and Army had also been deployed and were making efforts to put the fire out.

The fire that begun late on Saturday rendered the structure of the building hollow causing large portions of the five-story building to collapse and had spread to an adjoining factory in the vicinity.

Two production units along with chemicals and other raw materials worth millions were reduced to ashes as a result of the fire.

Fire brigade officials declared the fire as a third-degree hazard.

Citizens Police Liaison Committee chief Ahmed Chinoy said that it was difficult to immediately bring the fire under control as there was a lack of equipment and resources, as the nature of fire was not normal. He added that water was not useful in extinguishing the fire and that additional fire retardant foam had been sought.

Chinoy further said that the firemen were trying their best to contain the fire and to stop it from spreading to other areas.

Rescue and fire teams were concerned about the fire spreading to the basement of the factory which contained drums of inflammable and explosive chemicals and were instructed to maintain a distance from the fire site keeping in view the fear of an explosion.

Smoke billowing from the fire was visible from miles away.

Some fire experts suggested that attempting to put out the fire with water was useless as chemical fires can only be extinguished using a special kind of a fire retardant foam.

A large number of people had gathered to spectate the site of fire.

In another unrelated incident a warehouse storing wooded goods caught fire in Orangi Town area of Karachi. Fire tenders were dispatched to the location to put out the fire.

Updated Oct 28, 2012 03:35am

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muhammad iqbal
Oct 28, 2012 09:02pm
where the hundreds of billions rupees with city and provincial govt ARE ????????? IQBAL
Brig (R) Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq
Oct 28, 2012 05:28pm
Our factories are burning one after another, at the wake of our helplessness. We do not possess skill to extiniguish the fire, necessary equipment and organisations. We do not conduct fire drills and have no safety doors to evacuate at the time of fire and no standard operational procedures. To me it seems that such fires are sabotage activity of those who have waged a hidden and undecalred war against our country. We do not have civil defence, boy scouts and girl guides. The luck only helps the prepared mind, well said by Luis Pasteur, more than a century ago. DO WE HAVE ANY KIND OF GOVERNANCE, NATIONAL WILL AND PREPAREDNESS.
mo
Oct 28, 2012 03:48pm
while the media talks about lack of safety or fire department response they refuse to talk about arson
ifti
Oct 28, 2012 01:04pm
The unpreparedness of the Fire department to deal with any kind of fire in the city is scaring the hell out of me. Just imagine (God forbid) fire in a high rise building and our fire department. They will be mere spectators.
Khalid Khan
Oct 28, 2012 02:36pm
Please do not mix conflicting questions in your comment.
I Ahmed
Oct 28, 2012 12:55pm
The reports on fire in various factories across the country gives the impression that these are not accidents. The areas they are happening in Karachi leads to conspiracy theory i.e. either it is the extortionists or land grabbing mafia that seems to be at work. It is surprising that the courts of Pakistan have not taken a suo moto action on these incidents as yet!
S. A. M.
Oct 28, 2012 12:57pm
Almost half a dozen incidents of major fires have occurred in the last 3 to 4 months and the same response lack of fire fighting equipment. when the hell the appropriate supplies will be brought so that the environment and human life can be protected. It is hightime that those holding the relevant office be questioned of what actions they took to get the right firefighting material for handling similar future incidents. An audit should be conducted of how they are managing their office. International Certification from ISO must be made compulsory for civil defence etc.
dr aisha
Oct 29, 2012 05:42pm
They need to dump sand!