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January 18, 2020

Death toll from Hi-roof fire hits 10 as one more victim dies


January 18, 2020

One more person who sustained burn injuries in the fire that erupted last week in a Hi-roof in New Karachi passed away on Friday during treatment at hospital, bringing the death toll to 10.

According to police, the deceased was 40-year-old Jamal, son of Zameer. He was under treatment at the Burns Ward of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). The body was handed over to family following which the deceased’s funeral prayers were offered near his residence in Taiser Town, Surjani Town, and later he was laid to rest.

According to police, one more victim who sustained severe burn injuries on January 10 is battling for his life at the hospital. Earlier, nine members of an extended family lost their lives in the same incident. The family members, who lived in Surjani Town, were on their way to attend a Valima reception of a relative in Gulshan-e-Iqbal when their Hi-Roof caught fire near the Power House Chowrangi.

Six of them died at the spot while three children passed away a day after while being treated at the National Institute of Child Health (NICH). Speaking to The News on January 11, NICH director Dr Jamal Raza had said: “Seven-year-old Arsalan Deedar, and Maavia Nasir, also seven, who had been brought to the NICH with 100 per cent burn injuries, had died in the early hours of Saturday during treatment while an eight-year-old girl, Hafsa Nasir, who was 90 per cent burnt, died on Saturday evening.”

Dr Raza had said that Hafsa had been put on a ventilator after she was brought to the health facility with 90 per cent burn injuries, but her life could not be saved.

Two dies in mishaps

A road accident claimed the life of a youth on Friday. Another youth died as he was suffocated due to gases when he went inside an oil tank to clean it.

A 25-year-old man, Asim Khan, died and 55-year-old Sharif was wounded in a road accident that took place in the Korangi area. Police said the victims were residents of Korangi and they were going somewhere on a motorcycle when they were hit by an unidentified vehicle. As a result, Asim died on the spot.

The body and the injured were shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively. A case has been registered and further investigations are under way.

In the second accident, 19-year-old Mustafa, son of Waleed Khan, died of suffocation as he went inside the tank of an oil tanker in Wajid Town in Orangi Town within the jurisdiction of the Mominabad police station.

According to SHO Asif Munawar, the tank was filled with gases and the youth who had gone inside to clean it died of suffocation. The body was taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy.

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