Massive Fire in Islamabad burns hundereds of stalls to ashes

A heavy fire engulfed the Itwar Bazar at Peshawar Mor, Islamabad, resulting in thick clouds of smoke that can be seen from miles away. Dozens of shops were destroyed as a fire broke out at Sunday bazaar of Peshawar More, H-9 at around 12:40 pm on Wednesday.  Long queues of vehicle were witnessed at Kashmir highway as the firefighters rushed to extinguish the inferno. As many as 10 fire tenders from Rescue 1122 and Pakistan Navy rushed to the spot to douse the flames.

The deadly fire spread quickly giving the owners no time to save their businesses. Many distressed stall owners were seen weeping. According to CDA, as many as 650 stalls were burnt to ashes in the incident. Luckily, nobody was hurt in the fire.

Twenty fire fighter vehicles and water tankers rushed to the incident site to control the fire. Mayor and Capital Development Authority (CDA), Chairman Sheikh Anser Aziz, SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani and senior police officials went to the site and monitored the relief and rescue operations.

Teams of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and USAR took part in the operation to put out the fire.

Taking notice of the incident of fire erupted at Islamabad’s six-floored ‘Awami Markaz’ on Sunday morning, the Minister for Industries and Production has constituted an inquiry committee to find out the causes and fix responsibility for fire incident.

According to a notification issued by the ministry, a committee will probe the incident.

According to the ministry, the committee will be comprised of Capt( retd) Ajaz Ahmad, additional secretary of M/o Industries and Production; interior ministry’s joint secretary (Admin); Power Division Joint Secretary Mussadaq Ahmad Khan; a representative of the Federal Tax Ombudsman, a structural engineer to be nominated by NESPAK; IESCO chief electrical engineer, Ch Waseem of AKASA Company – representative of private tenant companies, and any other technical expert(s) the committee wishes to associate. The committee will be headed by the additional secretary of Industries and Production Ministry.

The committee is expected to finalize and submit its findings and recommendations within three days.

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