At least 4 killed, 21 injured in blast at decanting factory


LAHORE: Four factory workers died in a heavy cylinder blast, while 21 other received multiple injures in the Quaid-i-Azam Industrial Estate police precincts on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Arshad, Muhammad Bashir, Majeeb Alam and Iqbal. 
The incident took place at around 11:30am at a decanting factory located at Quaid-i-Azam Industrial Estate when dozens of labourers were busy in their work. Around 21 workers received severe injures, while the roof of the factory also collapsed. The blast sparked panic among the people living in the factory zone. A number of factory workers and other locals of the area reached at the spot after being informed about the incident. 
Police, rescue teams and officials of other department concerned reached the spot and immediately started the rescue operation. A police contingent cordon off the area and did not allow the media and other persons to visit spot.
Rescuers said they pulled out the injured persons from the debris of the building and shifted them to a nearby hospital. They said that doctors pronounced Arshad, Bashir and Majeeb brought dead, while Iqbal succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 
The duty doctors said that at least 21 injured patients were under treatment in the emergency wards, while the condition of six injured workers was still critical.
Police have registered a case against the factory administration according to law and handed over the bodies to their heirs after completing the legal procedure. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives in the incident and sympathised with the bereaved families. 
The chief minister sought a report from the departments concerned and also directed them that best treatment facilities should be provided to the injured labourers.
It worth mentioning that the PRO of Rescue 1122 said that rescue teams and other departments concerned provided first aid to the injured and shifted them to nearby hospitals. He said that after the blast at Old Anarkali a few months ago, the Punjab Home Department issued directives to all the departments concerned that in any mishaps in the city, all departments would facilitate the victims and submit all information to the DCO’s office. 
He said that according to order, the DCO would facilitate the media and other persons acquiring information about any mishap. When contacted, a spokesman of the DCO said they had not received any report regarding the incident, and that details would be shared after they were collected.

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