Karachi, Dec 5: At least 11 persons dead and 30 others sustained injuries after a huge fire broke out at Karachi’s Regent Plaza hotel early Monday, rescue officials said.
The blaze erupted from the ground floor’s kitchen at the Shahrah-i-Faisal, and spread across the six-floor building, trapping scores of hotel guests in their rooms, Dawn news reported.Three fire tenders of the fire brigade reached the site and began the rescue operations. It took three hours for fire-fighters to douse the flames.
Eleven people were killed, said Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation.
At least 65 others injured and affected by the fire were brought to the emergency department, said Seemin Jamali, head of the emergency services at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.Many People while trying to save themselves from the blaze jumped from upper floor windows sustaining fractured bones, while others had shattered glasses piercing their body; many were treated for smoke inhalation, she said.
10 bodies of Six men, including two doctors and four women were brought to the hospital and declared dead.
Two foreigners affected by the fire were alive and their condition was satisfactory, said Jamali.
The rescue operation continues, and some people are still reportedly trapped inside the hotel.
Meanwhile, The reason of fire is yet to be ascertained.