One dead as Karachi State Life building catches fire

Man jumps out of the building to save himself from fire, dies of severe injuries.


Faraz Khan/web Desk November 28, 2012

KARACHI: A fire broke out in the State Life building located in Saddar area, Karachi, Express News reported on Wednesday. A man, in an attempt to save his life, jumped out of the building and severely injured himself. He later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital. 

Fire brigade officials reached the place soon after the incident and started the rescue work. Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah also visited the area to inquire about the situation.

The fire was extinguished in few hours and people trapped inside the building were safely evacuated.

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12:55pm

People tweeted about the video aired by private news channels showing the man jumping out of the building.
qlain TV channels running footage of man who jumped from 8th floor of Karachi building and died. Why?

fahdpotography So this is the ethical News Media of Pakistan showing a man jumping off a burning building calling it reporting, SICK #Pakistan #Karachi

alisalmanalvi Why on earth would you broadcast the footage of a man jumping from 8th floor of a building to death? #Karachi #Pakistan#ElectronicMedia

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12:36pm

Private news channels aired footage of the man jumping out of the State Life building to save himself from the fire.

People expressed concerns on Twitter over the media's decision to broadcast the video.
@Soldier_pk Media should not show the fall of the man died in State-life building again and again and mention his name, think of his family please

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12:30pm

Earlier on September 11, 250 workers at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi were suffocated or burnt alive when a massive fire tore through the building during the evening shift. The factory made ready-to-wear clothing for Western export.

Another fire broke out in a plastic factory in the city on October 29. Luckily, there was no loss of life, however, 750 people were left jobless as several portions of the building collapsed.

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12:15pm

Chief fire officer, while speaking to the media, said the fire has been brought under control.

He said the fire erupted in electric wires.

The officer further added that people are being evacuated from the building.

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12:10pm

A person jumped out of the building to save himself from the fire and was severely injured. However, he succumbed to the injuries. He was reportedly in the building for a job interview.

Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah visited the area to inquire about the rescue work.

The State Life building is 15 floors tall.

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12:00pm

According to initial details, the fire broke out on the second floor of the building and has reached to the eighth floor now.

Express News correspondent Rehan Khan reported that a huge number of people are inside that building as many offices are located inside.

Rescue officials have reached the area and have entered the building.

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link text What I fail to understand is that after the Baldia incident where innocent women workers had no choice than to jump off the 2nd and 3rd floor, the fire fighters should have learnt their lesson as many lives were lost. Why can't they keep some kind of thick cloth that can be caught by several people and the person stuck in a burning building can jump. Atleast the impact would not be that severe, as compared to falling straight on the ground. The only reason why Pakistan is lagging behind and not progressing like other countries is because we do not learn from our mistakes. We are losing too many precious human lives on a daily basis and are getting used to it. Please do realise that every person can make a difference. Never think that this cannot happen to you or your family. I cannot even imagine what this poor boy's family is going through. My heart goes out to them.

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