KARACHI: A category three fire blazed in one of the largest timber markets in Karachi at Old Haji Camp. Fire started; due to a short circuit, in the earliest hours quickly spread from one building to dozens engulfing the densely populated locality, sources informed.
Fire brigade department used all their tenders and snorkels reached the disaster spot to fight this fire while area residents also started their efforts to put out the fire. So far no casualties have been reported however a hundreds of millions loss struck the timber market.
On the directives of Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad; following a telephonic statement from MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui and Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqi reached the incident spot to personally supervise operations.
Fire brigade is facing problems to put out the fire due to narrow streets however, a delay in water supply caused heavy damage, sourced informed. Fire tenders had to go all the way to Karachi Port Trust to refill after Karachi Water & Sewerage Board’s (KW&SB) Garden Hydrant denied them water supply, this caused hours of delay in operations.
Managing Director KW&SB Hashim Raza Zaidi was absent from the scene however, Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui and Administrator Rauf Akhtar were informed about the delay. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui upon receiving this news personally visited Garden Hydrant to ensure water supply to fire tenders, sourced informed.
According to the sources Fire Brigade Department, Navy and KPT joined hands to fight this fire in the densely populated area however, M.D KW&SB Hashim Raza Zaidi was nowhere to be seen until late morning. In the past, Ex Minister Local Bodies Owais Muzaffar during a citywide visit with Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon had suspended Zaidi – then Administrator Karachi – due to professional negligence costing precious lives and billions in loss to the citizens. Zaidi displayed similar negligence last night costing millions to the timber market.
Speaking on the matter Zaidi stated that he is being wrongly accused since he is present on the hydrant. He further stated that he can answer questions in details after he is free from these operations.