KARACHI: At least one person was scorched to death whereas four sustained severe injuries when fire engulfed a factory in Site area of Karachi on Tuesday.
The fire broke out in a scrap factory located in Haroonabad area. The workers initially tried to control the fire under self help as a result of which one was burnt to death.
On getting information of the incident, primarily two fire brigade vehicles reached the scene but on witnessing the intensity of the blaze two additional fire tenders were called in.
The four vehicles were able to overcome the fire after struggling for an hour.
Fire brigade officials stated that scrap was being melted in the factory in which a cylinder was also present which exploded and kindled the inferno.
Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) also reached the scene and gathered proofs. BDS officials were of the view that the blast was not caused by cylinder however; various spray boxes containing gas were put into the furnace which triggered the blast and stimulated the blaze.
The dead has been identified by the name of Mehtab whereas the injured include Allah Baksh, Imam Baksh, Munawwar and Long.