Punjab

Seven of a family die in Rawalpindi house fire

RAWALPINDI: A fire erupted at a house in Rawalpindi, killing at least seven people including five children of the same family, ARY News reported.

The unfortunate house was located in Scheme-III of Chaklala . According to rescue officials, fire erupted due to electricity short circuit.

The fire first sparked at ground floor of the house at around 5am, which later engulfed to the entire building, said rescue officials.

The deceased persons include husband (identified as Shaukat Ashrah), wife (Aisha Ashraf), four sons  (Mohsin, Umar, Usman, Hasan) and a daughter (Taiyyaba Ashraf).

Meanwhile, father of Ashraf’s wife alleged that brother-in-law of Ashraf, Shehzad Anjum set house on fire over property dispute.

He claimed that his daughter had phoned him couple of days ago, seeking help after threats from the relative.

Rescue 1122 officials reached the spot and shifted the bodies to District Headquarters Hospital. They said fire rapidly spread to the entire house as wooden goods were there in a large quantity.

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