One dead as Karachi State Life building catches fire

Published: November 28, 2012

Man jumped out of the building to save himself from fire, died of severe injuries. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT

KARACHI: A fire broke out in the State Life building located in Saddar area, Karachi, Express News reported on Wednesday. A man, in an attempt to save his life, jumped out of the building and severely injured himself. He later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. 

Fire brigade officials reached the place soon after the incident and started the rescue work. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah also visited the area to inquire about the situation.

The fire was extinguished in few hours and people trapped inside the building were safely evacuated.

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12:55pm

People tweeted about the video aired by private news channels showing the man jumping out of the building.

qlain TV channels running footage of man who jumped from 8th floor of Karachi building and died. Why?

fahdpotography So this is the ethical News Media of Pakistan showing a man jumping off a burning building calling it reporting, SICK #Pakistan #Karachi

alisalmanalvi Why on earth would you broadcast the footage of a man jumping from 8th floor of a building to death? #Karachi #Pakistan#ElectronicMedia

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12:36pm

Private news channels aired footage of the man jumping out of the State Life building to save himself from the fire.

People expressed concerns on Twitter over the media’s decision to broadcast the video.

@Soldier_pk Media should not show the fall of the man died in State-life building again and again and mention his name, think of his family please

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12:30pm

Earlier on September 11, 250 workers at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi were suffocated or burnt alive when a massive fire tore through the building during the evening shift. The factory made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

Another fire broke out in a plastic factory in the city on October 29. Luckily, there was no loss of life, however, 750 people were left jobless as several portions of the building collapsed.

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12:15pm

Chief fire officer, while speaking to the media, said the fire has been brought under control.

He said the fire erupted in electric wires.

The officer further added that people are being evacuated from the building.

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12:10pm

A person jumped out of the building to save himself from the fire and was severely injured. However, he succumbed to the injuries. He was reportedly in the building for a job interview.

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah visited the area to inquire about the rescue work.

The State Life building is 15 floors tall.

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12:00pm

According to initial details, the fire broke out on the second floor of the building and has reached to the eighth floor now.

Express News correspondent Rehan Khan reported that a huge number of people are inside that building as many offices are located inside.

Rescue officials have reached the area and have entered the building.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Nov 28, 2012 - 12:16PM

    This is unnerving and frightening. Did the building plans incorporate an outer fire escape? If they did, then the people should use it immediately. RIP the man who jumped for safety. SalamsRecommend

  • Baby ka Husband
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:34PM

    Isn’t this the same building where KESC has its MD and other senior staff located on a high floor. I recall meeting the MD a few years back and it was a state life building in Sadder. The wires are always the culprit, why aren’t the people laying the wires also culprits?? Or is it that the wires lay themselves out without anyone’s help???

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:37PM

    We never learn. Smoke detectors are cheap. Fire extinguisher is not too pricey. A simple pvc pipe for sprinkler is not expensive.

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  • zehra
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Earlier on September 11, workers at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi were suffocated or burnt alive when a massive fire tore through the building during the evening shift. The factory made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.
    Another fire broke out in a plastic factory in the city on October 29. Luckily, there was no loss of life, however, 750 people were left jobless as several portions of the building collapsed.
    how is this the live update for 1230?? please start being sensible

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  • Thor
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:43PM

    A person jumped out of the building to save himself from the fire and was severely injured. However, he succumbed to the injuries and passed away. He was reportedly in the building for a job interview.
    :( poor soul. RIP

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  • Jat
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Pakistan please please stop these games. These are people’s lives you are playing with…

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  • True Indian
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:30PM

    @Thor:
    This is really really sad yaar…I hate Pakistan but when an innocent job seeker dies like this my heart really cries…May God give courage to his family…

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  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:38PM

    No fire escape in this building – Infact the Elevator of this buikding is in a horrific state…

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  • ab
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:45PM

    we talk about the safety measures for some hours and then forget all about it and wait for the next fire. how unfortunate. welcome to the 3rd world country.

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  • Arshad Hussain
    Nov 28, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Our priorities are all messed up! Instead of eqipment for fire fighting we are firing useless missiles!

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  • confused
    Nov 28, 2012 - 2:47PM

    Why don’t we have life nets or jumping sheets even after the Baldia incident? This is heinous negligence on part of the government. Fire Department should be equipped with latest fire fighting mechanisms and rescue equipment! Buildings should also be equipped with fire extinguishers, I’m appalled that a big company like State Life doesn’t follow fire safety and earthquake safety precautions.

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  • Yamna Hassan
    Nov 28, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @ True Indian:

    Go cry over the innocent people dying in your country during accidents please. I don’t think Pakistan needs your sympathy or tears. Your hatred for it is enough. Keep your remaining sentiments to yourself.

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  • Ramlah
    Nov 28, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Nothing is cheap in this country, except Life!! It was such a sad incident and I hate all the TV channels for showing that footage!

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  • anon
    Nov 28, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @Yamna Hassan:
    And why are you picking an unnecessary fight so that the rest of the comments are all arguments one after the other with a total deviation from the actual topic!!!

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  • Mishrab
    Nov 28, 2012 - 5:01PM

    HSE drills should be mandatory for all organization to cop up such hazards….Civil Defence please wake up.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:02PM

    According to some reports, the man who died in an attempt to save his life and jumped from the eight floor of the State Life Building went to appear in an interview for the job.

    He was quite new to the building premises and probably does not knew the entry and exit, including the emergency exit of the building.

    The rest of the people who use to work on different floors remain safe, as they knew the fire escape exit.

    It is very unfortunate that this incident happened in such a building which was owned by State Life which have uncounted buildings all over Pakistan.

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  • Justice
    Nov 28, 2012 - 6:40PM

    The State-Life Insurance Co. must financially support the bereaved family for the inevitable loss.

    This incident states how much value state-life has for its emloyees, who happen to run and represent the organization… very heart-broken…

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  • True picture
    Nov 28, 2012 - 7:48PM

    sad to see that young guy jump off the building, may Allah bless his soul. I’m really disappointed at the fact that people just stood their & watch that guy for 20 min till he fell down! they could have easily saved this guy’s life by finding some ladder or could’ve made safe landing for him by holding some cloth or soft stuff but they just stood their& watched him! they didn’t even try anything which is really sad to see! as for the rescue team, well Karachi has hardly any 1122 like rescue so no comments on Sindh governments great public service’s. God bless Pakistan.

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  • Tooba
    Nov 28, 2012 - 11:23PM

    how shameful is that on part of those trying to capture his video, they had time to make video but not to save him ?? no humanity has been showed !! SHAME on media people who kept watching instead of trying to help,making their breaking news out of people’s death !!! heartless !!! May Allah give strength to his family.

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  • Tariq Afridi
    Nov 29, 2012 - 9:30AM

    So sad. May Allah grant him paradise and give his family patience to bear this irreparable loss. A very sad news indeed. may he rests in peace.. Aameen.

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  • Gangaram Tilockchand
    Nov 29, 2012 - 1:22PM

    This guy was friend of my colleague he said he gave him print out of resume before going for interview and he was only a bread earner for his family & desperately looking for job. A day before he gave an interview in denim factory, sad part is that when he was in that building he received job confirmation call from denim factory . I would request to our government please support his family.

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  • Gangaram Tilockchand
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:22PM

    This guy was friend of my colleague he said he gave him print out of resume before going for interview and he was only a bread earner for his family & desperately looking for job. A day before he gave an interview in denim factory, sad part is that when he was in that building he received job confirmation call from denim factory . I would request to our government please support his family.Recommend

  • Nauman
    Nov 29, 2012 - 2:26PM

    An open letter to the immature Pakistani News Media:

    I am in a state of shock and awe after watching the degree of irresponsibility shown by our self-proclaimed professional news media. It was unnerving and frightening to watch live coverage of someone hanging for his life and eventually falling from the 8th floor of a high-rise. It’s clear that our media personnel were educated with books that did not have the chapter of media ethics.

    It’s not hidden that our media more than often portrays and highlights the negatives of our society. Perhaps it aspires to follow the footsteps of our neighbor not realizing that they themselves are a laughing stock!

    Our news channels have become a source of depression, hopelessness and misery. It’s true that a bad news sells more than a good one, but this is where moral principles and ethics come into play.

    Can you please give me a reason about what was so interesting in the funeral proceedings of Bal Thackeray? Why did we break all the records of cheapness when it came to the Shoaib-Sania nuptial? Even the Malala affair was blown out of proportion by the media! Our media needs to understand their roles as ambassadors.

    My last plea is to THINK before broadcasting videos of death! If you still insist on being merely spectators instead of saviors then at least spare the families of the victim and our society in general from replaying the horrid video again and again!

    May God guide us all!

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  • Tania
    Nov 29, 2012 - 4:58PM

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    What I fail to understand is that after the Baldia incident where innocent women workers had no choice than to jump off the 2nd and 3rd floor, the fire fighters should have learnt their lesson as many lives were lost. Why can’t they keep some kind of thick cloth that can be caught by several people and the person stuck in a burning building can jump. Atleast the impact would not be that severe, as compared to falling straight on the ground. The only reason why Pakistan is lagging behind and not progressing like other countries is because we do not learn from our mistakes. We are losing too many precious human lives on a daily basis and are getting used to it. Please do realise that every person can make a difference. Never think that this cannot happen to you or your family. I cannot even imagine what this poor boy’s family is going through. My heart goes out to them.

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  • Dec 11, 2012 - 11:08PM

    I get where your coming from, and also I really enjoy the blog post. Its fair to say I will convey to all my good friends about this, fairly original. Bye in the meantime.Recommend

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