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When contacted, a Fire Brigade Head Office official told that first KTP attempted to contain the fire and they thought they would cover but it went out of control “they called us for further help.”

Asked why they were late to reach the location, he said, “We take one minute to send our vehicles once we receive a help call and in CTC’s case we immediately sent 4 fire tenders that covered the side of the building.” He added “It is the responsibility of the other agencies to clear the road and provide immediate movement to our vehicles.” He further stated that initially their staff covered the side of CTC which has a petrol pump next to it with a residential building behind that pump. “There were hundreds of people in that residential building. If it caught fire it would be very dangerous situation fortunately we were in time to cover that,” he added.

The exact reason for the incidence could not be discovered however it was said by eyewitnesses that there was a short circuit in a shoe shop that resulted in the incident. The fire was controlled to a great extent by 10pm while the fire tenders from all over the city were still working in the night to extinguish the embers and flames.

(By Farooq Baloch, The News-14, 24/06/2007)

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