Over 450 shops at Karachi’s Saddar market gutted in fire
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Goods worth billions of rupees were destroyed as fire that started from a go down reduced over 450 shops at Karachi Saddar’s Cooperative Market to ashes, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Monday.
Fire brigade and Pakistan Navy teams rushed to the site of the incident and participated in relief and rescue activities.
The affected shopkeepers, sitting out in the open, said that there were over 450 shops in the market, which were completely gutted in a matter of just 15 minutes. When fire brigade teams would extinguish the blaze at one point, it would soon appear from the other end, they told the media.
They said they would continue their sit-in until and unless they were compensated for their losses.
Muhammad Waseem, a shopkeeper, on the occasion said he did not expect anything better from the provincial government. “Provincial ministers’ talk of compensation is merely cosmetic,” he said, adding not a single minister had visited them to console them. “Minister Murtaza Wahab says only 35 shops were burnt. The worthy minister is requested to please visit the site of the incident and see for himself that we have suffered losses of billions of rupees,” he added.
Meanwhile talking to the media Karachi Commissioner Iqbal Memon said that all the shops located in the market had been destroyed.
He said the cooling process was underway. “We will be able to estimate the losses only after the cooling process is completed,” he added.
However, the cause of the fire could not be ascertained as yet,” he explained.