KARACHI: A massive fire erupted in a multi-storey building located in an upscale locality of the metropolis on Sunday morning with no reports of casualties so far, ARY News reported.
Initially, the fire began on the ground floor of the building located in Boat Basin area and soon spread to its 1st and 2nd floors due to its high intensity, said a firefighter, adding that eight fire engines took part in the firefighting operation and doused the raging fire after hectic efforts lasting more than three hours.
Police said that a short-circuit caused the fire which subsequently resulted in the explosion of gas cylinders inside the building, causing panic and fear among the residents of the locality.
They said no casualty has been reported so far.
This is the second fire incident in the city in a week as a big fire had erupted on Wednesday in a warehouse of cosmetics items, destroying the two-storey building and leaving an employee dead while two others injured.
Rescue sources said the fire broke out in the building located in the residential area off Shahrah-e-Faisal, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, which resulted in an explosion of chemical drums used in the production of cosmetics goods.
Earlier on Aug 31 at least five people including three firefighters had suffered injuries after a fire erupted at a factory in SITE area. A portion of the factory had collapsed due to the fire.