Pakistani shopping mall blaze kills at least 10 people and injures 22 others

by Ryan Lee
Karachi mall fire

A devastating blaze at Karachi’s RJ Mall in Pakistan resulted in the deaths of at least 10 individuals and left 22 others injured, as confirmed by police and officials this Saturday.

Situated in a bustling commercial skyscraper, the RJ Mall shares its space with various call centers and tech companies.

Following the initial alert at 6:30 a.m local time, the fire service rapidly deployed eight engines to the location. The building’s fourth floor suffered the most damage, according to Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan, the chief fire officer.

Karachi’s Mayor, Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui, announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the blaze had been successfully put out and cooling operations were in progress.

He reported from the scene that five of the injured were critically wounded. “Our efforts are fully focused on saving their lives and providing the necessary medical treatment,” Siddiqui stated to the press.

The reason behind the fire remains undetermined.

Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, is no stranger to such tragedies. In April of the current year, a fire in a garment factory claimed the lives of four firefighters and led to the collapse of the building.

Moreover, in August 2021, a chemical factory fire in the same city resulted in 10 fatalities. The most catastrophic incident in recent memory was a garment factory fire where 260 people perished after being trapped inside.

This week, a report by Dawn, Pakistan’s foremost English-language newspaper, highlighted a concerning lack of fire safety measures in Karachi’s buildings, whether residential, commercial, or industrial. City planners and engineers criticized the Sindh Building Control Authority for what they termed ‘criminal negligence’, endangering millions of city residents.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Karachi mall fire

What was the location and impact of the recent fire incident?

A fire broke out at RJ Mall in Karachi, Pakistan, resulting in at least 10 deaths and 22 injuries.

Which area of Karachi experienced the mall fire?

The fire occurred at RJ Mall, located in a commercial high-rise in the southwestern city of Karachi.

How did the authorities respond to the fire at RJ Mall?

The fire department dispatched eight fire trucks and initiated a rapid response after being alerted at 6:30 a.m, local time.

What was the condition of the injured from the Karachi mall fire?

Out of the 22 injured, five were reported to be in critical condition, receiving necessary medical treatment.

Has the cause of the RJ Mall fire in Karachi been identified?

As of the latest reports, the cause of the fire at RJ Mall in Karachi remains undetermined.

What broader issues does this incident in Karachi highlight?

This tragedy underscores ongoing concerns about fire safety and regulatory oversight in Karachi’s buildings, both commercial and residential.

More about Karachi mall fire

  • Karachi RJ Mall Fire Incident
  • Karachi Fire Safety Concerns
  • Pakistan’s Building Fire Regulations
  • Firefighting Response in Karachi Mall Blaze
  • History of Fire Incidents in Karachi

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SadiaQ November 25, 2023 - 7:18 pm

How many more need to die before proper fire regulations are enforced in our city, it’s heartbreaking.

TechGuy84 November 25, 2023 - 9:58 pm

Those poor people in the call centers and software firms, hope they get the support they need. and hope the injured recover soon.

JohnDoe123 November 26, 2023 - 1:12 am

This is so sad, but i’m not surprised, Building codes in Karachi are a joke. My thoughts are with the victims.

Mike_J November 26, 2023 - 2:12 am

heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, just terrible news to wake up to.

KarachiResident November 26, 2023 - 4:06 am

We’ve been hearing about fire safety issues for years now, when will the authorities take this seriously?

Samira Khan November 26, 2023 - 3:24 pm

Really tragic what happened in Karachi, these fires seem to be happening too often. isn’t there a way to prevent these?


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