LDA Plaza: Fire continues, charred bodies hang out of windows

25 bodies are feared to be inside - rescue workers wait for building to “cool down”.


Web Desk May 10, 2013
Flames and smoke spew out from the seventh floor of the building. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK, ABID NAWAZ/EXPRESS

LAHORE: More than 24 hours have passed since the fire erupted at the LDA Plaza in Lahore yet flames continued to be seen on the ninth floor of the building, while charred bodies were visible on top of an AC unit outside the building, reported Express News on Saturday.

Families of the missing victims waited patiently outside the building as fire fighters and rescue workers waited on the building to “cool down” and continued to extinguish the fire.

After continued delays, some exasperated families tried to get into the plaza themselves to bring out the remaining dead. Mourning families were visibly frustrated as people are still reported to be missing and have received little or no information from relevant authorities.

Nearly 25 bodies are expected to be inside the building but rescuers claim the possibility of finding victims alive is very low. At least 22 people have been confirmed dead so far.

Authorities and officials remain missing at large, adding to the frustration of those families waiting in the heat.

Initial reports suggest that the fire may have started due to a short circuit. Twenty six people were rescued from the fire in total.

Records destroyed

The fire has been deemed “mysterious” as it was reported to fire services 40 minutes after it first erupted. The fire had already burnt a lot of the offices on the floors on which it erupted by the time it was reported.

The floors that have been destroyed consisted mainly of offices related to finance and audit operations. Original records of projects such as Tajpur, Bahria Town and other large projects were kept in the offices.

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Amjad | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Do not filter this comment. Many of us were not moved by the events of 9-11. Many others were rather happy. Lately, we have had several incidents in which people chose to die by jumping instead of being burnt alive. We should rethink our actions. Run the recordings of LDA building fire and twin tower blaze and you shall only see helpless humans choosing their mode of death. Americans saw 9-11 only once. We see it happening every other day. Lets start thinking beyond that was told by our respectable molvee sahibs.

Amjad | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@aaaaa: Please look for their statement. They issue NO clearances. TI issued clear statements explaining their methodologies. If TI cleared it, why wasn't the record handed over to NAB in time?

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