According to media reports, at least 13 workers died in a fire that broke out at a chemical factory in Karachi’s Korangi Mehran Town on Friday.
So far, the bodies of 13 workers have been recovered from the structure, and firefighters are helping with rescue efforts. The factory still has a large number of people trapped inside.
Heavy machinery had been requested by rescuers to knock down the industrial walls, according to authorities. According to reports, the rescue effort is having problems owing to smoke. More than 20 individuals were reported to remain inside the facility until 1:35 p.m., according to the police.
According to witnesses, the fire brigade arrived late, at 10 a.m., to put out the fire.
According to medical authorities, ten bodies have been transported to Jinnah hospital thus far.
According to media reports, two firemen were wounded while attempting to put out the fire.
According to fire department authorities, a chemical used in the manufacturing of different products was present in the plant, and the fire started in the chemical’s drum and spread throughout the building.
‘Only one way to enter factory’
Chief Fire Officer Mubeen Ahmed told that the flame was being put out with the help of 13 fire tenders and a snorkel.
A rescue vehicle and a water board tanker were also on the site, he added.
“There is only one way to enter the factory,” the chief fire officer said, explaining that the roof of the factory was also locked, making it difficult for the labourers to escape.
He said a search for the victims is underway.
The fire has been brought under control and the cooling process is underway, he said.