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4 killed in fire in multi-storey mall in Karachi city of Pakistan

Karachi, December 6 (Language) Four people died and two others were injured in a fire in a shopping and residential mall in Karachi city of Pakistan on Wednesday evening.

Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab confirmed that three charred bodies have so far been recovered from the building located in Ayesha Manzil area. However, a senior police officer said that four bodies have been sent to the civil hospital, while two burnt people are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Television channels showed black smoke and flames billowing from the building, located in a crowded residential and commercial area of ​​Karachi.

Fire department official Humayun Khan said the fire apparently started on the ground floor and quickly spread to three other floors.

“There are around 200 shops on the mezzanine and ground floor, while there are four more floors with residential apartments,” Khan said.

He said that as soon as fire tenders and crews reached the spot, they first evacuated all the residential apartments with the help of security personnel and took them to a safe place.

“The fire is still being extinguished and we may find more bodies and injured people,” he said.

Firefighters can also be seen on television channels trying to extinguish the fire.

Pictures show that vehicles parked outside the building have been badly damaged as there has been a traffic jam in the densely populated area.

Senior police officer Afzal Pecchio said major casualties were avoided because people helped each other to evacuate the building.

Almas Talha, a housewife who lives in her apartment on the fourth floor, said that as soon as the commotion broke out, security guards and shopkeepers rushed to the residential floors and helped families quickly get out.

Six fire engines and a snorkel are being used to extinguish the fire.

This is the second incident of major fire in a mall in 12 days. On November 25, a massive fire broke out in a six-storey commercial building in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of ​​the city, killing 11 people.

A preliminary report prepared by the fire brigade department after the Gulistan-e-Jauhar fire had said that many commercial and residential buildings in crowded areas of Karachi did not have “any kind of public safety arrangement”. PTI correspondent SCY SCY

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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