13 Pakistanis killed in house fire in Jordan

Published: December 2, 2019
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Thirteen Pakistani expatriates were killed in a house fire in western Jordan, Pakistan’s Foreign Office confirmed on Monday.

“It is informed with sadness that 13 Pakistani nationals including seven children, four women and two men living in Jordan have expired due to a fire which broke out in their tent,” Office of the Spokesperson said in a statement.

The fire, reportedly caused by a short circuit, broke out around 2am on December 2, 2019.

Three Pakistanis were also injured due in the fire incident and are reported to be in stable condition, it said, adding that all the victims were residing near Karameh city — 40km west of Amman near the Dead Sea.

The local fire brigade responded to the incident.

The Foreign Office said that the victims belonged to Joya family from Dadu district in Sindh.

The head of the family, Ali Sher Joya, has survived the incident.

“The family reportedly migrated from Pakistan to Jordan in 1970s and were associated with the agriculture/farming profession,” the statement read.

The spokesperson said that the Pakistan Embassy in Amman was in contact with the family and relatives of the deceased residing in Jordan.

“The ambassador and other senior officials are with family to provide any urgent assistance. The Jordanian authorities are also extending full cooperation,” it said, adding that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed the embassy to extend assistance to the bereaved family.

House fires in Jordan are often caused by the use of cheap but dangerous forms of heating while the occupants are asleep.

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