LAHORE: At least 24 people were killed and several sustained injuries when a fire broke out at a shoe factory in Lahore, Express News reported on Tuesday.
More than 12 fire brigades have reached the spot and are busy trying to extinguish the fire, as around five to ten people might be trapped in the building.
The injured have been shifted to a local hospital. Two of them are in a critical condition.
The two-storey building was constructed for residential purposes however, was being used commercially. The factory employed more than 100 people who worked in different shifts but had only one entry and exit point.
The fire broke out in a generator and reached 15 chemical drums through wires.
The cars which were parked outside the building have also been burnt.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the loss of human lives and announced financial assistance worth Rs500,000 for each affected family and Rs75,000 for each injured person as well as free medical assistance.
The chief minister also constituted a special team to hold an inquiry into the incident.