ISLAMABAD: A fire broke out on stalls at a Sunday Bazaar in the federal capital’s Peshawar Mor .
The extent of the fire was so massive that it rapidly engulfed shops leaving over 300 burnt. No causalities have been reported following the incident.
Rescue sources said that the blaze is reported to have caught the bazaar’s gate number seven at Srinagar Avenue section engulfing and damaging several shops.
The Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) and the city’s fire brigade department are engaged in extinguishing the fire.
The capital police and district administration were also present at the site of the incident, including the federal capital’s deputy commissioner. At least 10 fire engines are busy dousing the fire.
اتوار بازار H-9 میں آگ لگنے کا معاملہ ۔— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) December 7, 2022
ایس ایچ او انڈسٹریل ایریا موقع پر بھاری نفری کے ہمراہ موجود ہے
فائر بریگیڈ کی 10 گاڑیاں آگ پر قابو پانے میں مصروف ہیں۔#ICTP
Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has taken notice of the incident. He has directed the city’s deputy commissioner to personally monitor the situation and ensure all resources in putting out the fire.
The minister has sought the incident’s report from the district administration of Islamabad.
This was not the first time that this bazaar caught fire.
All routes going toward the bazaar have been sealed by the police.
Taking to Twitter, the Islamabad police informed citizens to keep the adjacent part of the Srinagar Highway free and cooperate with rescue department.
Police Traffic Advisory!— Islamabad Police (@ICT_Police) December 7, 2022
Due to fire incident in Weekly Bazar H-9, diversions placed for traffic at H-9/3 Service Road East.
Alternatively, traffic is diverted to 9th Avenue.
Please keep the adjacent part of Srinagar Highway free to cooperate with rescue departments.
It added that the traffic has been diverted toward the 9th Avenue.
A spokesperson of the Pakistan Navy said that civil administration is also helping in dousing the blaze, while the navy’s team and two of its fire brigades are also engaged in putting it out.