A massive fire gutted a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warehouse in the Killi Gul Muhammad area on Airport Road in Quetta on Wednesday, burning all the stored goods to ashes.
According to sources, the fire suddenly erupted and gutted the UNHCR warehouse. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, firefighters rushed to the spot to extinguish the flames.
“We do not know the scale of the loss inflicted by the fire. Only after we carry out an investigation can the extent of the losses and damage be ascertained,” UNHCR spokesperson Javaria Tareen told The Express Tribune. Tareen was grateful that no casualties were reported in the fire and also praised the rescue team for its immediate response and efforts to extinguish the blaze. “All the computers, medicines, tents, shelters, and blankets were destroyed in the fire,” she said.
Firefighters were still trying to extinguish the flames raging in parts of the warehouse till the filing of this report.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.
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