KARACHI: At least seventeen laborers were killed in a fire that erupted in a chemical factory in Korangi area of Karachi, the provincial Metropolis. The blaze started at 10am. Over eight fire trucks have arrived at the site.
The spokesperson of the fire brigade team has declared the blaze “third degree” because of the toxic chemical inside the factory. “There are some laborers still stuck inside the factory,” he said. An operation is under way to rescue them.
Chief fire officer said that the blaze erupted on the first floor of the building. “We are using snorkels and cranes to reach the second floor.”
Ahmed added that the door to the roof of the factory was locked. “If the door was open, it would have been easier to rescue the laborers.”
The Karachi Water and Sewage board has imposed an emergency at the Landhi and Sherpao hydrants.
Managing Director KWSB Asadullah Khan has said a number of water tankers have been dispatched to the factory.
According to the residents of the area, the fire trucks arrived at the site two hours after the blaze started. Families of the labourers stuck inside the factory have gathered outside the factory.
The fire brigade teams are facing difficulties in the rescue operation because of the narrow lanes leading to the factory. An Edhi volunteer, Saddam, also sustained injuries while trying to extinguish the fire.
The police and Rangers personnel have cordoned off the area.
The bodies have been moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for identification.