Dangerous fire at a shopping plaza in Gulberg area of Lahore was partially contained after 6 hours, after which cooling process is underway. No casualties were reported in the incident.
Pace, a shopping plaza located opposite Hafiz Center in main boulevard Gulberg III.
The fire damaged traders and shopkeepers to the tune of crores, destroyed a four-storey building and reduced more than 400 shops and counters to ashes.
Dangerous fire in shopping plaza in Gulberg area of Lahore could not be extinguished even after 3 hours, traders and shopkeepers have lost crores.
According to a rescue spokesman, 25 vehicles are taking part in the firefighting operation.
A rescue spokesman said 50 firefighters and 60 rescue workers were involved in the firefighting operation.
The spokesman said that snorkel and aerial platform special fire vehicles are also present in the fire operation while rescue teams have also been called in from nearby districts.
According to rescue sources, the fire on the first floor has been extinguished and the second and third floors of the plaza have been completely burnt.
Fire Officer Imran Ramey said that more than 3 hours have passed since the fire broke out. The fire on the first floor had also engulfed the second and third floors.
Officials say there are more than 400 shops in the plaza, most of them for mobile phones and ready-made garments.
Traders and shopkeepers of the fire-affected plaza in Lahore exploded at the plaza management and accused it of deliberate arson.
Police say a plaza security in-charge and an employee have been arrested for obstructing the rescue operation.
The affected shopkeeper says that the situation is very bad, there is no personnel, only a small part of the plaza is left, everything else was destroyed.
The shopkeeper said that the windows of the plaza shops have started breaking.
Talking to Shahzeb Khanzada News, DC Lahore Omar Sher Chatha said that there is A grade fire, all resources are being used for extinguishing the fire, it may take another 4 to 6 hours to extinguish the fire.
The investigation remains ongoing.
The cause of the fire and the cost of damages are still under investigation.