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    One killed, four injured in Pak. building fire

    Karachi, Aug. 19 (PTI): One person was killed and four others were injured when a huge fire broke out in a 16-storey office building in this port city of Pakistan today.

    It was the second time since February this year that a major fire broke out in the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) building, close to Karachi's main port and ship terminal, and officials are not ruling out the possibility of subversive or terrorist activity.

    Vijay Kumar, who was manager, administration, in the PNSC, died from a heart attack near the fire scene after he was unable to bear the strain of watching the calamity, officials said.

    Pakistan's Minister for Shipping and Ports Babar Ghouri said the fire being a subversive or terrorist activity could not be ruled out and it was strange that the last time a blaze broke out in the building was also a Sunday.

    "We are going to carry out a full-scale investigation into this fire because they are certain things that appear strange," Ghouri said.

    Some 115 firefighters and 25 fire engines were used for controlling the blaze which had spread from the third floor upto the eighth floor.

    Commander Salman Ali, a spokesman for Pakistan Navy, said two helicopters were used in rescue operations and one man who was working on a mobile phone tower on the roof was rescued.

    Officials said four firefighters were wounded.

    Short-circuit was given as the reason for the fire that broke out in the PNSC building earlier this year.


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