30 shops gutted in furniture market fire


KARACHI: At least 30 shops and furniture worth millions of rupees were destroyed when fire engulfed the Furniture Market in Liaquatabad area of the city on Thursday. According to SHO Sharifabad Salim Ullah Qureshi, the fire broke out at encroachments and slums used for furniture-making in Gharibabad, completely damaging almost thirty of such shops. “Thirty slums were completely destroyed while 15 of them were partially damaged,” he said.

Qureshi said that the fire was so intense that it took almost five hours for firefighters to extinguish it. “It was so intense that it spread to nearby areas partially destroying three flats at a housing complex, rooftop of a CNG station and a furniture factory.”

Meanwhile, no casualties were reported in the incident although rescue services were rushed to the site.

A resident of Taba Centre, Eijaz blamed late arrival of fire fighters and shortage of water in their tanks that caused fire to spread to nearby flats. “This disaster could have been averted had the firefighters come within 15 minutes and their tanks were not short of water,” he said.

SHO Sharifabad said that the reason behind the incident could not be ascertained yet and the police was investigating the matter.

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