Thursday Aug 24 2017

Firefighters manage to nearly douse factory blaze in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA: A plastic goods manufacturing factory caught fire here on Thursday, following which at least nine fire brigade vehicles reached the site of the incident to douse the high-intensity blaze.

It took authorities around eight hours to douse the flames, following which a cooling operation went under way.

Officials said they'll take an hour or two more to completely extinguish the balze. 

A two-storey plastic factory caught fire earlier today which gained intensity over time. Keeping in view the intensity of the fire, nearby buildings were evacuated, informed rescue officials. 

No loss of life was reported in the incident as the factory was empty when the fire broke out. 

A crane and other rescue vehicles were also called to the site in order to douse the fire which raged for over seven hours. 

The fire caused huge cracks in the factory’s exterior and the building became susceptible to collapse, said sources.

Initially, the rescue team, comprising over 60 officials, was waiting for the building to collapse so it could be easier to control the fire.

At one point, the rescue team was stopped from an operation as their lives could have been endangered due to the blaze.

On Wednesday, rescue officials with great effort extinguished an inferno at Islamabad's Sasta Bazaar, Sector H-9. The inferno gutted more than 1,000 stalls, said officials.