Shanti nagar blaze: Fire ravages homes in squatter settlements

Published: December 12, 2011
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KARACHI: 

Karachi. Over a dozen shanties were destroyed on Sunday in a fire that broke out in Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s Shanti Nagar locality, which is located within the limits of Aziz Bhatti police station.

After being informed about the incident, fire tenders were immediately dispatched to the site of the mishap. By the time they reached the spot, about 16 shanties had been completely gutted. Officials from the fire brigade said that three fire tenders were initially sent to extinguish the blaze. However, when they could not bring the conflagration under control, three more vehicles as well as two water tankers were dispatched.

An official from the fire brigade, Ameeruddin, said that since they had taken quick action, hundreds of huts were spared from disaster.

Firefighters said that the fire rose from a pile of burning garbage near the slums.

The police said that they did not see any foul play behind the fire as no one had filed a complaint. SHO Kenson Dean said that initial investigations suggested that it was probably an accident.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2011.

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