Fire breaks out at government hospital in Karachi – Pakistan, leaving 7 people with burn injuries

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A fire broke out in the emergency department of Karachi’s Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad on Sunday, resulting in injuries to seven paramedical staff members. The injured individuals were transported to the Burns Centre of Dr. Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment. The police superintendent, deputy superintendent, and police station house officer visited the scene, and the Bomb Disposal Unit was called in to investigate the cause of the explosion. According to the initial investigation, a short circuit in the hospital’s emergency ward led to the fire, causing the compressor of a medicine storage fridge to explode. The police surgeon stated that all the injured were paramedical staff who were on duty at the time of the incident, with four in critical condition and suffering from severe burn injuries. Additionally, six of the injured were experiencing breathing problems due to damage to their respiratory tracts. A Rescue 1122 spokesperson reported that the fire had been quickly controlled, and cooling efforts were underway. In response to the incident, a committee was formed to investigate and assign responsibility for the event, with a report due within three days. The inquiry committee includes various medical professionals and is tasked with determining the cause of the fire. The investigation by the Bomb Disposal Unit determined that the fire was caused by an electric short circuit in a storage room, resulting in minor damage from the explosion of the fridge compressor with no explosive material found.

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