10 killed as fire engulfs Gadani ship-breaking yard

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GADANI: At least ten people have been killed and over 40 injured when a fire engulfed the ship-breaking yard here on Tuesday.

The fire erupted after tanks on a ship caught fire, setting the entire ship ablaze. The fire spread fast, hampering rescue work.

Several labourers are feared to be trapped on the ship and rescue work is underway to take them out.

Fire brigades summoned from Hub and Karachi, are in the process of putting out the fire but with little progress.

More than 45 injured have been taken to hospitals in Karachi so far, rescue sources said.

Around 170 people were present on the spot at the time of the blast, said Faisal Edhi.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolences with the families of those who lost their lives in the explosion at the Gadani ship-breaking yard and has ordered an inquiry into the accident.

The prime minister has also ordered to expedite the rescue operation to recover those stuck at the site of the accident.

According to the Prime Minister House spokesman the prime minister has ordered the relevant officials to use all resources available to control the fire and to provide medical attention to all those injured in the incident.