A fire broke out in the mal khana (warehouse) of the Karachi City court. The fire also engulfed the record house, ruining the case properties, precious records and ammunition as per the reports of a local newspaper on Wednesday.
The fire erupted late night on Tuesday. Rescuers, firefighters and law enforcers all rushed to the incident site but were unable to conduct a successful firefighting operation owing to the blasts in the warehouse. The explosion also created panic among the area residents.
The security personnel isolated the area while the MA Jinnah Road was blocked for the commuters. Bomb disposal squad was also called at the site for avoiding any unwanted incident.
After six hours of continuous struggle, the fire then came under control in the morning.
A.D. Khawaja—Sindh Inspector General and other officials also gave a visit to the site. The IGP while conversing with the media said that the fire broke out owing to a short circuit in the warehouse which was built at the time of British rule.
He added that final conclusions would be reached once a detailed investigation is conducted.
Tehseen Siddiqui—Chief Fire Officer told the media that bullets and explosives present in the warehouse caused the blast.
The registrar of Sindh High Court along with the session judges and district judges visited the incident site and informed that the fire has also eaten up the record room and has burned important documents. He added that some torched files were also found on the floor.
Ishfaq Ali Galal—the General Secretary of the Karachi Bar Association informed that the courts would remain closed on Wednesday.