The fire which broke out in a plastic factory in Labour Square area of SITE on Sunday morning was finally extinguished after six hours of effort by fire brigade personnel. The fire has reportedly caused millions of loss.
No labourers were present inside the factory when the flames erupted as it was a day off, thus no injuries or loss of life was reported.
Police and Rangers personnel cordoned off the site of the incident to prevent passersby from coming close to the factory.
Besides the Karachi Fire Department’s, firefighting teams of Pakistan Navy and Karachi Port Trust also took part in firefighting efforts.
According to police and fire brigade personnel, firefighters feared the inferno could spread to a grid station of K-Electric and a CNG station situated close to the factory. The gas station was evacuated immediately.
Initially, five fire tenders were sent to the site but were not sufficient to douse the inferno, which is why more vehicles were dispatched, including water tankers.
“The inferno could be put out in two hours but they are bringing only one vehicle (fire tender) in the street at a time,” the factory owner told private TV channel,. “Though more fire tenders can be parked in as it is a 60-feet broad street.”
A fire officer said six to seven fire tenders and two bowsers were being used to douse the fire. “All the available vehicles have been put to use,” he said, adding that they also ran out of foam soon into the firefighting operation.
Fire officials then requested all city departments to send their fire tenders to the site to aid dousing efforts, following which vehicles were sent from the water board, Pakistan Navy and the Karachi Port Trust.
Mayor Waseem Akhtar also visited the site of the inferno to oversee firefighting operations.
“I have not come here to play politics,” he said while talking to the media. “But I would like to request the Sindh government to make the fire department self-sufficient.”
Akhtar added the fire department does not have the necessary equipment to deal with such incidents, saying all the vehicles have been utilized here and in case of an incident elsewhere in the city they would have no fire tenders to utilize.
The factory, spread over 1,500 square yards, was used to produce plastic chairs, informed officials.