Fire erupts near Lahore's Liberty market

Reports reveal goods worth millions of rupees has been burnt in the fire, up to 20 rescue vehicles working on site


Web Desk June 15, 2015
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LAHORE: Ten hours after a fire engulfed a four-story departmental store located in Lahore's Liberty market, a decision to demolish the walls has been passed to help rescue teams extinguish the fire completely, Express News reported Monday.

About 80 per cent of the fire has been controlled, rescue teams claimed.

According to initial reports, the fire was caused by a short circuit and fire has now spread extensively as heavy clouds of smoke expand up to Gulberg area.

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Sources further added that at least 20 vehicles of Rescue 1122 and fire brigades arrived at the scene. However, being an air tight building, it has become difficult for rescue teams to extinguish the fire.


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According to reports, goods worth millions of rupees has been burnt in the fire.


PHOTO: AN EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB


Even though everyone present in the building has been evacuated, rescue teams and people in surrounding buildings are still in danger as sources confirmed that the fire engulfed building has become extremely weak, hence increasing the possibility of it collapsing.


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Read: Five Pakistani workers perish in Riyadh fire

While taking notice of the incident, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has ordered the admin to speed up rescue work.

COMMENTS (2)

Mta | 6 years ago | Reply This store sold cereals and food items which were expired and dates were tampered. They were selling fake Ajwah dates to fleece customers in the month if Ramadan. Somebody should investigate if this fire was accidental or ---.
Khaqan | 6 years ago | Reply Which building was it? Al-fateh?
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