LAHORE: One person was killed and around a dozen others were injured after a building caught fire in Lahore’s Ichra area on Tuesday.
A blaze erupted in a building which quickly spread, engulfing the entire structure with fire and smoke.
Rescue sources told media that the fire was a result of a short circuit.
Several people were trapped inside the burning building as the fire engulfed the exits.
Three people had jumped from the building to escape the blaze, and were shifted to a nearby hospital where their condition was reported as critical. One of the victims succumbed to his wounds during treatment.
Several other victims were shifted to the Services Hospital for treatment of burn injuries and smoke inhalation
The fire was brought under control after several hours of hectic efforts of the Rescue 1122 firefighters.
Fires at commercial buildings and homes kill or wound dozens of people every year in Pakistan, where smoke detectors are rare.