Building in Rawalpindi catches fire, injures six

Fifty construction workers still trapped on the top floor of the building.

Web Desk May 30, 2014
A fire fighter extinguishes the building on fire in Islamabad. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

RAWALPINDI: The top floor of an 8-storey, under-construction building in Rawalpindi caught fire on Friday injuring six people, Express News reported. 

Rescue 1122 Fire Service has successfully contained at least 90% of the fire where 50 workers were present, according to District Officer Dr Abdul Rehman of Rescue 1122.

However, some construction workers are still trapped on the top floor of the building, where they were working when the fire broke out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined as yet.

Dr Rehman also said that most of the workers still on the top floor of the building have been moved to a safe location, away from the fire, adding that they are currently trying to evacuate them from the building.

Rescue 1122 has deployed 10 fire trucks and 50 fire fighters for the rescue operation. "We are hopeful to be done with the rescue operation in about half an hour," Dr Rehman added.

Lifters and cranes were being used by the fire fighters for the rescue operation which was underway for approximately 45 minutes.

Dyeing factory in Faisalabad catches fire

Later in the day Express News reported that there was a fire in a dyeing factory in Faisalabad.

Rescue operations were underway with about 6 fire trucks. The cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

The fire fighters from Rescue 1122 encountered some difficulties in putting out the fire as the electricity went in the factory, after which attaining water became difficult.

The fire fighters had to bring water to put the fire out from far off places.

Furthermore, the fire trucks could not go directly to the factory because of the narrow roads resulting in the fire fighters dragging the fire hoses from the fire trucks as close to the fire as possible.


US CENTCOM | 7 years ago | Reply

It's good to know that no lives were lost in this mishap. We wish a quick and speedy recovery to those who have been injured.

Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

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