Flames engulf warehouse in Orangi Town

However, residents complained, fire teams did not arrive in time

Our Correspondent May 25, 2021
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation workers use heavy machinery to tear down structures deemed illegal during an on-going anti-encroachment operation in Orangi Town. PHOTO: ONLINE


A fire broke out in a scrap warehouse in Orangi Town on Sunday night. Cardboard, plastic and other scrap material were gutted in the blaze, which damaged the roof and walls of the godown as well. No loss of life was reported

It took six fire tenders and two water tankers to contain the flames that ignited at around 1.45am. The warehouse is located in a residential area near Madina Masjid, in the remits of Mominabad Police Station, and nearby residents said they informed the fire department and the police immediately. Around a dozen houses nearby were evacuated given the intensity of the blaze.

However, residents complained, fire teams did not arrive in time.

One resident said he went to the Orangi Town Fire Station but was informed that there was no driver available and a fire tender could not be dispatched. The resident then went to the Nazimabad Fire Station from where two fire trucks were sent to extinguish the blaze.

According to a fire official, it took six fire tenders, two water tankers and two hours to contain the flames.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2021.