One dead, 12 wounded in Lahore building fire

Published August 11, 2015
A view of two people trapped inside the building. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A view of two people trapped inside the building. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A person tries to escape the blaze. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A person tries to escape the blaze. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A view of a person trapped inside the building which had caught fire in Lahore's Ichra area. ─ DawnNews screengrab
A view of a person trapped inside the building which had caught fire in Lahore's Ichra area. ─ DawnNews screengrab

LAHORE: One person was killed and around a dozen others were injured after a building caught fire in Lahore's Ichra area on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.

A blaze erupted in a building which quickly spread, engulfing the entire structure with fire and smoke.

Rescue sources told DawnNews that the fire was a result of a short circuit.

Several people were trapped inside the burning building as the fire engulfed the exits.

Three people had jumped from the building to escape the blaze, and were shifted to a nearby hospital where their condition was reported as critical. One of the victims succumbed to his wounds during treatment.

Several other victims were shifted to the Services Hospital for treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation

The fire was brought under control after several hours of hectic efforts of the Rescue 1122 firefighters.

Fires at commercial buildings and homes kill or wound dozens of people every year in Pakistan, where smoke detectors are rare.

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