LAHORE: Even after 12 hours, a fire broke out in a plaza in Gulberg, Lahore on Sunday morning and the building was engulfed in flames.
Additional fire brigades were called in from the army to contain the blaze Geo News The correspondent said while reporting directly from the venue.
According to rescue officials, the fire broke out in a shop on the second floor of the Hafeez Center Plaza, selling laptops, mobile phones and other electronic items – and spread to the fourth floor. Immediately after the fire broke out around 6 o’clock in the morning. The fire brigade was later called.
According to reports, Chief Minister Usman Bazdar is in constant touch with the Commissioner Lahore Division and relief personnel to ascertain the situation.
At the direction of the Chief Minister, Mian Khalid Mahmood and Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid reached the spot. The Chief Minister directed the cowardly authorities to expedite the relief work.
No casualties have been reported so far but millions of electronic items are said to have been destroyed by the blaze.
According to a rescue official, the fire engulfed a total of 30-40 shops and spread to the back of the shopping center. “It simply came to our notice then [the burning of] Laptops and cell phones, “he said.
Shopkeepers are scrambling to protect electronic items from fire
As rescue workers and firefighters struggled to contain the blaze, several shopkeepers tried to save their valuables away from the plaza.
Vendors can be seen in the background, wandering to pick up large cardboard items – electronics – and take them off the plaza’s ground floor.
Panic spread among firefighters and spread to the ground floor of the building.
Gulberg Main Boulevard Road has been closed to traffic due to relief efforts in the area.
Despite the fiery hell, some shopkeepers tried to get their goods out of the shops. Others wept when they saw electronic devices reduced to ashes in front of their eyes.
Twelve fire brigades and 60 rescue workers are continuing our relief efforts in the area. According to ground reports, eight fire brigades have run out of water.
Due to the severity of the fire, authorities have called in more firefighters on the spot.
Authorities added that people on the fourth floor of the plaza ran to the roof and were rescued.
Formed a 14-member committee
Meanwhile, authorities have formed a 14-member inquiry committee to investigate the Hafeez Center fire.
Deputy Commissioner Mudassar Riaz has been appointed as the convener of the committee, Assistant Commissioner Model Town, SP Model Town, and the Chief Engineer who has made the Central Engineer the Central Zone has been appointed as its member.
According to the notification, the committee will investigate the incident and submit a report to the commissioner within seven days.
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