At least one person has been killed and several people are reportedly injured as a residential building in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area has caught fire.
The fire has engulfed the fourth and fifth floors of the Noor Trade Centre which is a 14-story building.
The fire brigade reached the scene at least an hour after the incident was reported.
A large number of people are reportedly stuck in the building. One of them died while several sustained injuries while jumping off the building to save their lives.
According to Rescue 1299, five Fire Tenders, two Snorkels, and 20 to 25 Ambulances are working on the location. The injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals.
— Rescue 1299 (@1299Rescue) March 21, 2019
Video footages aired on TV channels show dozens of people on the terrace of the fire-engulfed building waiting to be rescued.
کراچی: گلشن اقبال کے علاقے کی عمارت میں آتشزدگی، شہری عمارت کی کھڑکیاں توڑ کر جان بچانے کی کوشش کررہے ہیں
Fire erupted in a building in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi, citizen jumps off the building to save his life
— Public News (@PublicNews_Com) March 21, 2019
New footage shows a rescue helicopter has approached the building for the rescue operation.
#BreakingNews : #KarachiFire #Karachi Rescue Helicopter in the air fire tenders rush to Noor Trade Center Gulshan-e-Iqbal where fire rages in a Multi Story building #NA243 @ArsalanGhumman pic.twitter.com/acqJI80cDp
— Salman Mansoor (@salmanzit) March 21, 2019
This is a developing story, it will be updated accordingly.