RAWALPINDI: Seven family members were killed when fire erupted in a house in Scheme III area of Rawalpindi on Wednesday morning.The incident occurred within limits of Airport police station.
According to rescue officials, fire caused by short-circuit suddenly engulfed the whole house at Raza Plaza, killing Shaukat, his wife Ayesha and five children including 12-year-old Hassan, 10-year-old Mohsin, 8-year-old Umar, 6-year-old Usman and 4-year-old Fatima. Two women also received burn injuries.
Firefighters forced their way into the house to battle the blaze and brought it under control after a few hours of hectic efforts.
The bodies and injured were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital.
Eyewitnesses in the neighbourhood said that the fire began at around 7:30am. After seeing smoke and fire in the upper portion of the house, neighbours called Rescue 1122 services.
The upper portion of the house belonged to Shaukat, a businessman, while his brother-in-law, Anjum Shehzad, lived downstairs. Those living downstairs were evacuated from the building at once.
Rescuers broke the upstairs windows to rescue those trapped upstairs, but the members of the family had passed away mostly due to asphyxiation.
The house contained wood work which caused the fire to spread quickly.
According to police, the incident will be investigated to find out what caused the fire.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed grief over the tragic incident and summoned a report from the local administration.