Woman dies in mystery fire at husband’s office

LAHORE: A 40-year-old woman died after receiving burns in a fire that erupted in the office of her advocate husband in Landmark Plaza on Jail Road in mysterious circumstances on Saturday morning. Two of the couple’s daughters were also injured in the mystery blaze and they are battling burns in a hospital.

Racecourse Station House Office (SHO) Mian Qadir said that strained relations for the past two years had caused estrangement between Azeem and his wife Sonia.

On Saturday, Sonia along with her daughters – nine-year-old Fatima and three-year-old Maryam – came to Azeem’s office at the 2nd floor of Landmark Plaza at around 8:45am where they were caught by a blaze.

Upon being informed, the rescuers rushed to the scene and shifted the three to a hospital where Sonia succumbed to her burns while Fatima and Maryam are also said to be in critical condition.

The SHO said that Azeem told the police that he was in the washroom when the three were caught by the fire. He said that the police did not find inflammable material or any other thing that could have ignited the fire. He said that victims were sitting on a sofa lying on the side of the room and that the fire only damaged that area. He said that the actual reason behind this incident would be ascertained after a comprehensive investigation. However, no case has been registered till the filing of this report.

In another incident, a woman expired at a hospital on Saturday a day after some unidentified persons allegedly served her acid in Sattokatla police precincts.

Kalsoom, wife of Nazeer Ahmad, would work as a maid in different houses in Wapda Town. The police said that the woman was admitted to the hospital on Friday with two different complaints that she had either taken some poisonous substance or someone had served her acid.

Also, the decomposed body of an unidentified girl was found in the River Ravi in Chuhng police limits.

The police said that some passers-by spotted the body floating in the river and informed the police. The police said that the body had putrefied beyond recognition. However, the police believed that the girl had been murdered.

Separately, the body of an elderly woman was found in Muslim Town police area.

Some locals saw the body lying on the road and informed the police. The police believed that the octogenarian had died of natural causes. The police sent the bodies for autopsies.

Body: The body of an unidentified man was found in Sherakot police limits. The police said that the man appearing to be in his forties seemed to be an addict and might have died because of overdose of drugs. The body was sent for an autopsy.

Injured: At least, eight people were injuries in a cylinder blast in a Y-Block shop in Defence-A police precincts.

Upon being informed, the rescuers rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to hospitals where three of them are said to be in critical condition. The police arrested the shop owner named Irfan.

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