Inflamed goods: Goods worth millions turn to ashes in warehouse fire

Rescue 1122 overcomes hurdles and stops the fire from spreading to other floors


Imran Asghar October 20, 2018
Rescue workers climb rooftops for firefighting operation. PHOTO: EXPRESS

RAWALPINDI: Material worth millions of rupees burnt to ashes as a fire erupted at a warehouse plaza situated in the same lane as Raja Bazaar. With the timely action of Rescue 1122, three floors of the building remained safe. There was no one in the warehouse at that time so no casualties were reported. However, due to narrow lanes the rescue workers faced immense difficulty.

15 minutes before Friday prayers the fire broke out on the fourth floor of the warehouse plaza situated in the Raja Bazaar lane.

Rescue 1122 firefighters and workers reached the site of the incident and began the rescue mission, despite the difficulties they faced due to narrow lanes, rescue workers took support from adjoining buildings and carried out the firefighting mission by climbing on roofs, according to rescue sources after two-hours of firefighting they managed to control the fire and got it to simmer down. Fire broke out inside the cigarette and diapers warehouse on the fourth floor due to which material worth millions got burnt.

However, due to the timely action taken, the other floors of the plaza remained safe from fire, according to rescue sources no casualties were reported, because it was Friday everyone had departed the plaza for prayers. Six-firefighters and 24 volunteers took part in the process, during the firefighting, heavy contingency of police was deployed so that locals could be kept aside, police has begun an investigation to look into reasons behind the fire breakout.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2018.

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