KARACHI: Huge fire erupted in basement of in a multi-storey supermarket located near the Chowrangi prison has still not been completely extinguished on Saturday despite feverish efforts for in past more than 72 hours (three days).
All efforts, including use of over 1.2 million gallons of the water turned out failed pour fire fully. The flame that broke out in warehouse of department store in basement of multi-storey building It has left scores of families living in residential building displaced.
On Thursday, fire The brigade claimed that they managed the flames, and only a few burning patches left to pour what to achieve in a short time. However, this assertion turned out to be false how fire still not fully repaid with flames continue to erupt in several places in very hot building.
Meanwhile, fire The brigade department warned that the cooling process would take at least two more days. Since smoke and flames came from the basement, basement and mezzanine floors. of in building as well as its parking area, over dozen fire tenders left busy in extinguishing work all Friday, throwing water inside building from different sides, breaking walls and digging a path.
They are also used foam and fire put fire extinguisher balls out flame. While fire the brigade argued that the intensity of in fire was under control also expressed fear that the situation would become serious in in case the flames engulfed first floor.
“We controlled the intensity of in fire and now there is a process of cooling way, which can take at least two more days,” Fire Chief Mobin Ahmed said. “The flames flare up and will continue to flare up until the victims area completely cleansed.”
use of excessive water has created another problem for authorities. Ahmed said that fire the brigade was using water for three days before extinguish in the fire, the water level reached five six legs in basement, creating difficulties for firefighters in their operations.
Main fire Officer added what buildingx foundation It was already was damaged due to fire and now the presence of huge amount of water in basement can damage even more building. He explained that suction pumps were used to draw out water from the basement, causing Kashmir Road and its surroundings to be flooded.
Although the case was registered against owners of department storepolice not yet arrest Any of suspects assigned in spruce.
“Not arrest was made until now,” Altaf Hussain confirmed to Investigations SSP. He added that the designated suspects attempted to obtain protective bail. In response to a question, he clarified that the case was registered on request of Sindh Building Control Authority.
“Actually, it was prime duty of SBCA for verification building as well as ensure implementation of laws,” said the officer. “Officers of The SBCA and other relevant bodies will also to be in radar of police during investigations.