LAHORE – Eight workers sustained burns when a pipe-manufacturing unit caught fire in the Quaid-e-Azma Industrial Estate near Hamdard Crossing in Kot Lakhpat, police and rescuers said on Saturday.  Four of the injured were reported to be in critical condition in the Jinnah Hospital. An injured told the police that the manufacturing unit caught fire after a powerful blast as one of his colleague switch on the lights in the early morning.

“ We fell on the ground as the high-intensity blast rattled the building,” a police officer quoted an injured man as telling the rescuers. Firemen believed there could be gas leak in the factory while Rescuers said the fire erupted after a boiler exploded. The injured were identified as 42-year-old Muhammad Tariq, 18-year-old Muhammad Arshad, 20-year-old Sohail Ahmed, 22-year-old Shahzad Ahmed, 42-year-old Pervaiz, 68-year old Muhammad Sharif, 22-year-old Haq Nawaz and 35-year-old Muhammad Shafique.

In September, a show factory caught fire, killing over two dozen workers in Lahore while Rescue teams recovered several injured workers. Following the fire, authorities aired claims of adopting fire safety measures to avert such tragedies but to no avail.