Karachi: A huge fire has engulfed at a factory in Karachi’s SITE area on Saturday morning.
According to police, fire brigade vehicles have arrived at the scene to put out the blaze that has been declared a third-degree fire. Television footage showed plumes of black smoke rising from the industrial unit.
A person is said to have sustained burn wounds in the fire incident. As per initial reports, a short circuit triggered the blaze, the police said and added no loss of life has been reported.
A spokesperson for the Sindh Rangers, Pakistan said the paramilitary personnel are taking part in the firefighting operation and have cordoned off the area. More fire engines have been called to control the fire, he said.
The factory’s owner said firefighters arrived late despite being called in no time. He added all workers were evacuated immediately after the fire broke out.
Earlier, two workers were killed and three others were seriously injured in a fire at an oil terminal in Kemari area of Karachi.
The fire broke out at Shell Oil Depot at Terminal No. 1 of Kemari after which three injured were admitted to Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi.
SHO Adil Khan had initially said that five employees of a private oil company were present at the scene when the fire broke out.
The dead have been identified as Shahid and Saleh Mohammad.