A fire broke out in Karachi’s SITE area on Thursday morning. No lives were lost in the incident but five firefighters were injured.
The fire broke out at a foam factory near Zia Morr at around 8am or 9am.
A section of the building collapsed due to the intensity of the fire and explosions were heard from inside.
Some people were injured in the fire and were taken to nearby hospitals but the police managed to safely evacuate everyone from the factory and nearby factories.
Fifteen fire brigade vehicles were sent to the site and tried to control the blaze but were unable to. Some even ran out of water, for which the city’s only snorkel was summoned. The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board was also requested to send additional water tankers to help battle the blaze.
According to SAMAA TV, as of 12pm the intensity of the fire was increasing and the fire brigade was unable to control the fire. Goods worth millions was burnt in the blaze.
The police and Rangers formed a barricade to keep onlookers at a safe distance from the factory because, despite their warnings, people tried to get a closer look at the fire.
The factory is near the ill-fated Ali Enterprises in Baldia Town where around 289 people were killed in a fire in September 2012.