KARACHI - Police investigators on Tuesday submitted initial investigation report on the Regent Plaza inferno that claimed at least a dozen lives and wounded over 70 others.

The fire had erupted in the kitchen of the hotel in the wee hours of Monday.

The investigators based their report on the recorded statements of the witnesses, including those of hotel staffers, management and guests staying in the hotel.

Police officials, wishing not to be named, revealed that the investigation had been completed under Section 174.

They further said that during the course of investigation it emerged that the hotel management was to blame for the loss of lives of more than dozen people as there were no proper fire extinguishing system, no emergency exits and not even smoke detecting emergency alarm system in working condition.

So putting the blame on the hotel management, the investigators submitted the report to the police high-ups for further action.

Police investigators said that cause of the fire was investigated from different angles, and ruled out the possibility of any criminal intention.

On the other hand, bodies of those died in the incident were shifted to their hometowns for burial.

More than a dozen people, including six women, had died in the fire while hundreds of people, including staffers and guests, had hardly managed to escape from the hotel to save their lives.

Firefighters of the Fire Brigade Department, KPT and Pakistan Navy took part in the operation and managed to extinguish the fire within three hours.

It is recalled here that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday had ordered the managements of all hotels, factories and departments to comply with precautionary safety measures; otherwise strict action would be taken against them.

He was presiding over an emergency meeting held to review the incident of fire at Regent Plaza.

The chief minister was informed that fire had broken out in the kitchen of the hotel at around 2.45am. “A fire brigade unit reached there well in time and extinguished the fire,” he was informed.

The CM was told that the smoke was so thick and high that it penetrated into each and every room through ducks of the centrally air-conditioned system.

“As a result, some people succumbed to the suffocation and some jumped from their rooms and could not survive,” he was told.

Murad was also informed the last inspection of fire extinguishers at the hotel had been done in the end of 2015.

To this, he asked the official why it was not done when after every three months it became mandatory.

To this, the official disclosed that the hotel management did not cooperate.

Expressing displeasure, the CM ordered the home secretary to conduct a thorough inquiry to ascertain as to why the civil defence department had failed to inspect the working of fire extinguishers.

He also directed Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon to constitute a committee comprising assistant commissioners, fire-fighters of KMC, an electrical inspector and other such relevant officers and start inspection of each and every hotel, factory and such other buildings to know that whether their managements had taken precautionary measures for emergency or not.