Huge fire guts several shops at Lahore's Hafeez Center

Joanna Estrada
October 20, 2020

The Hafeez Centre fire in the city continued unabated on Sunday, as firefighters tried their best to battle flames more than 10 hours after it erupted in the morning.

Narrating the entire episode, the youngster, who also suffered injuries during the daring attempt, said that seven people remained trapped on the third floor after the fire engulfed the Hafeez Centre and shutters at the exit points were closed down. He also directed authorities to submit a report over the incident.

Sardar Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the fire and formed an inquiry team under the supervision of Lahore DC. "Rescue teams are working hard to contain the blaze". Those responsible will be identified after the investigation report. He asked local administration and Rescue 1122 to take every necessary step for saving the lives and assets of the citizens.

While talking to the media, the DC said the fire has been brought under control to a "significant extent", adding that focus was now on parts of the building still on fire.

Everything in the electronic market has been destroyed, rescue workers say.

Authorities revealed that the initial survey indicates the fire broke out due to a short circuit.

Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha was also present at the site of the rescue operation. CCPO Sheikh said 25 people had been rescued from the building so far and there were no reports of casualties so far.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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