After a well-known mall in the Capital caught fire on Sunday, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to perform the post-fire structure stability examination of all the high-rises in Islamabad.All structures taller than 50 feet would be subject to a fire audit, it was determined in a meeting on Monday led by CDA Chairman Captain (r) Muhammad Usman Younis.
The panel also noted the need to upgrade emergency services response and outfit emergency disaster cells with cutting-edge technology. Additionally, the CDA Chairman declared that certificates would be given to the Rescue 1122, Rawalpindi crew for their active participation in rescue and firefighting operations.
On Sunday, a significant fire that started at the 36-story Centaurus Mall on Jinnah Avenue in the centre of the city was put out by the rescue and emergency services. The fire was entirely contained, there were no casualties, and the building has been sealed off for more examination.
Firefighting efforts were assisted by the fire department, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, and Rescue 1122, according to CDA Chairman and Chief Commissioner Capt (r) Mohammad Usman Younis. When a huge fire started in the food court on the fourth floor of the shopping centre, hundreds of families were busy dining and shopping on various floors of the mall.
The CDA administration acknowledged that the fire was put out after two hours, however the cooling process later lasted for more than an hour. According to the Islamabad Police, rescue teams used a back door to free persons trapped inside the mall before conducting an interior search.
Prior to the technical team’s report on the towers’ structural viability following the fire incident, the Mall and its associated residential towers were sealed as a precaution.