HYDERABAD: Around a dozen people received injuries when the roof of a ground-plus-one building caved in here late on Monday night.

According to sources, the building located in the Islamabad Mohallah of the city was used as a firecrackers warehouse.

Around seven persons, including a woman and two children who were inside the building, were rescued and shifted to the Civil Hospital. People of the locality said that they heard a blast after which a small chipboard manufacturing factory which is adjacent to the building caught fire. A haze of thick smoke enveloped the locality.

The people of the area first launched a rescue operation on their own.

Later vehicles of the fire brigade and other heavy machinery reached at the spot. Ambulances of the Edhi Foundation and Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation rushed to the area and shifted the injured to the hospital.

Mayor of Hyderabad Tayyab Hussain and MPA Rashid Khilji reached the spot and stayed there till late night.

Published in Dawn, December 12th, 2017