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Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Karachi

 

A fire broke out at a factory on National Highway in Shah Lateef Town on Wednesday, gutting goods worth millions.

 

The Central Fire Station said a short circuit caused a fire to erupt at the Nippo Private Limited at about 7:40pm.

 

Within minutes, it spread to other parts of the factory.

 

Around 43 fire engines and two snorkels reached the spot to put out the blaze. Fire officials declared it a fire of No 3 intensity.

 

The fire fighter used the snorkels to rescue several factory workers.

 

A firefighter, Mohammad Yousaf, also suffered injuries in the operation.

 

Chief Fire Officer Ethesham told The News that the firefighters had to demolish a few walls of the factory.

 

However, some factory workers said the fire tenders had reached the scene 25 minutes after the blaze had erupted.

 

The chief fire officer admitted that it took some time to reach the factory.

 

He also said some firefighters were roughed up by some factory workers. The police recorded the statement of the factory’s watchman to look into the matter. The firefighters were still trying to douse the flames by the time this report was filed.