No loss of life was reported after a huge fire broke out at a plastic factory in Karachi’s SITE area on Monday, rescue and police officials said.
SITE-B Station House Officer (SHO) Zawar Husain told Dawn.com that the fire erupted on the third floor of the Sohail Plastic Factory at 9:15am and was doused by 4pm with the help of seven fire tenders and a snorkel.
Keamari Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mukhtiar Abro said the blaze occurred due to a short circuit failure.
He added that workers present inside the factory had been rescued while those inside an adjacent factory had also been vacated to avoid any injuries or loss of life.
Meanwhile, the SHO said that the factory’s walls had collapsed and the building may have suffered “substantial damage”. He added that the overall financial loss could not be estimated immediately.
Edhi Foundation spokesperson Azeem also said that there were no reports of deaths or injuries. An official statement from the rescue service said its ambulances and volunteers were present at the site to aid in rescue efforts.
In April, four firefighters lost their lives while 13 others were injured in a fire that broke out at a factory located in the New Karachi area of the city.
Earlier the same month, one person was killed and three were found unconscious after a building near a generator market in Karachi’s New Chali area caught a blaze.