Pakistan, Karachi News : The fire that broke out in the timber market near Old Haji Camp in Karachi late night, was put out completely after nearly 13 hours of hectic efforts.
Officials said the inferno reduced to ashes 16 godowns of wood and over 150 shops and houses in the densely populated locality. The Sindh government has constituted a committee to evaluate losses in the inferno.
From the very outset, the fire was rated third-degree inferno. However, only five fire tenders arrived at the timber market late night to grapple with the blaze. The fire fighting operation was later joined by more than 30 fire tenders in the morning.
The fire very soon spread to nearby apartments, but residents were evacuated in the night. The affected people kept sitting under open skies through the nighttime. Firefighting vehicles and snorkels were called in from across the megacity to take part in the operation to extinguish the fire. There is no report so far regarding any casualties.
As the fire intensified, the power supply to the area was discontinued to avert more loss. The firefighters complained of narrow lanes to reach to the affected site. The local people complained that the fire assumed bigger magnitude owing to the lukewarm response of fire department that used only water to put out the fire.