500 shops gutted in Karachi's Cooperative Market blaze: fire chief

Published November 22, 2021
Blaze erupts from Cooperative Market in Saddar on Nov 14. — Photo via Twitter
Blaze erupts from Cooperative Market in Saddar on Nov 14. — Photo via Twitter

KARACHI: A report about the Nov 14 fire that broke out in the Saddar Cooperative Market has said that 500 shops situated on the ground floor were gutted in the blaze.

Talking to Dawn, Chief Fire Officer of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Mubeen Ahmed said that the report had been submitted to Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab.

He said since criminal investigation of the incident was already under way the fire department did not ascertain the cause of the blaze.

Read more: Sindh govt sets up body to investigate Saddar market fire

He said that the shopkeepers claimed that 600 shops were destroyed, but the actual number was 500.

He said shops on the ground floor were completely destroyed but those on the first floor and basement remained safe.

He claimed that the fire brigade did not get information about the fire from any watchmen or the market association, as it was a fireman who had gone to Bohri Bazaar for shopping and when he saw smoke billowing from the cooperative market he immediately informed the nearby fire station at around 5.45pm.

Published in Dawn, November 22nd, 2021

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