24 killed, several injured in Lahore factory fire

Published: September 11, 2012

The building might have 5 to 10 people trapped in it. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/ EXPRESS

The building might have 5 to 10 people trapped in it. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/ EXPRESS The building might have 5 to 10 people trapped in it. PHOTO: ABID NAWAZ/ EXPRESS

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.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Sep 11, 2012 - 6:54PM

    My heart goes to families of victims, may their souls rest in peaceRecommend

  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:15PM

    condolences.Recommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Is there any one regulating the Indutries ? It seems that our priority is to nourish “democracy”.

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  • Tamoor Rindh
    Sep 11, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Allah …

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  • gp65
    Sep 11, 2012 - 8:24PM

    COndolences.

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  • Falcon
    Sep 11, 2012 - 9:25PM

    Really sad. Condolences to families. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.

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  • YP Toronto
    Sep 11, 2012 - 9:27PM

    why was this factory allowed to operate without safety checks of escapes, how can a factory operate without safety of workers. I am sure factory owner will get away with these murders.

    Just watched one of the Kid Sharif’s interview on Dunya T V, nothing new, same old excuses.

    In Pakistan human life has no value.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Sep 11, 2012 - 9:47PM

    There is no renting laws in Pakistan.

    The government does NOT want to regulate the Real Estate business in Pakistan and this is one of the reason’s that any one can rent any property for any purpose, no matter if a residential house is rented for commercial use, or a terrorist may take a house on rent without verification of his credentials by the middle man.

    I urge the government not to close its eyes and regulate the real estate business by issuing licenses to real estate agency owners as well as to real estate brokers.

    Once the licensing job is done, then proper laws can be made for renting and selling properties.

    By tomorrow every one will forget the incident of fire in Lahore as well as in Karachi on the same day in which precious human lives are lost due to criminal negligence.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Sep 11, 2012 - 10:04PM

    May Allah bless their souls. A Big loss of victims.

    Govt of Pakistan should take appropriate steps for implementation of Safety Rules in every Departments. ……Show Zero Harm……

    Hamid Hassan Khan
    Lahore Cantt

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  • SaneVoice
    Sep 11, 2012 - 11:54PM

    11 September is really Odd Day. Associated with Deaths.

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  • asma
    Sep 14, 2012 - 12:34PM

    my heart z crying with pain coz of this heart felt incidence.may ALLAH save al the muslims from such incidents.AMEEEEEEEEEEEEEN.

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