Students, teachers evacuated safely after fire erupts in school

Published April 18, 2024
Firefighters hose a burning room after a fire broke out at a school in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Wednesday.—PPI
Firefighters hose a burning room after a fire broke out at a school in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Wednesday.—PPI

KARACHI: A fire that erupted in a private school in Gulshan-i-Iqbal on Wednesday afternoon damaged its structure, forcing the authorities to seal the building for proper assessment by the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).

Officials said that all students and teachers were evacuated swiftly and no one was reported injured in the incident.

A Rescue-1122 official said that the blaze erupted in Al-Khair School, located in Block-18.

He added that the fire had erupted in a storeroom situated on the roof of the building.

He said that two fire tenders reached the scene within eight minutes and managed to control the blaze.

The official said a short circuit caused the fire, which had apparently damaged the structure of the building. Therefore, the building had been sealed till the SBCA experts assessed it properly, he said.

Factory blaze put out after six hours

Another huge fire erupted in a garment factory in the SITE-Superhighway Industrial Area on Wednesday morning, police said.

The Rescue-1122 official said that the fire erupted in the industrial unit near Gulshan-i-Maymar at around 6am.

He said that around seven fire tenders reached the scene within 25 minutes and managed to control the fire after hectic efforts lasting for six hours.

He said that only two security guards were present in the building at time of the incident. No one was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire was yet to be known, he said.

Published in Dawn, April 18th, 2024

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