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Anarkali fire claimed at least 13 live

30 December, 2014

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LAHORE: A fire at a four-storey building in Anarkali claimed at least 13 lives and left several others injured on Monday.

According to details, a commercial building located in Anarkali Bazaar caught fire, which spread to all floors in a short time. Rescue authorities and police reached the spot and started the rescue operation.

The injured and those who fainted were brought to Mayo Hospital. Two of the injured are stated to be in a serious condition.

The fire erupted due to a short circuit in a UPS battery inside a shop, which engulfed the entire building within no time.

Medical Superintendent of Mayo Hospital Dr Amjad Shahzad while talking to the media said that 13 bodies were brought to the hospital, including one that of a woman. He said that the deceased woman has not been identified.

Dr Amjad also explained that all the people died due to suffocation, as the bodies had no burn injuries. He also said that one of the injured received 15 percent burns. He added that the bodies would be handed over to the families of the victims after police had completed their work.

Lahore DCO Capt (r) Usman visited the site and explained that there were shops of watches and its spare parts in the plaza.

As watch parts include battery cells, they caused the fire to spread, he said, adding that it took four to five minutes for the fire to spread.

Taking notice of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif constituted an inquiry committee to probe the incident.

Member of the National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif also expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in the incident. He expressed sympathies with the heirs of the deceased. He directed the health authorities to provide best treatment facilities to the injured persons.

Responding to the incident, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry expressed grief over the incident and the death of innocent people. In a statement, he said that several incidents of the similar nature had already happened, but the Punjab government had not taken any precautionary measures.

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