LAHORE: Five people were burned and suffocated to death late Friday night as fire engulfed the third floor garment unit of a private plaza in Lahore’s Johar Town area near Allah Hu Chowk. One person was also injured due to the flames.
The smoke from the fire filled all offices and shops on the third floor. The smoke and fire were so intense that laborers working in the hosiery unit on the third floor of the factory were trapped and could not get a chance to escape from the raging flames.
More than a dozen vehicles of the fire brigade took part in the rescue operation. The flames have now been extinguished by the rescue personnel.
Officials rescued 3 people from the inferno while 3 dead bodies were also recovered from the site and have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital. 2 severely injured individuals however succumbed to their wounds.
The laborers who lost their lives in the fire have not been identified as yet.