KARACHI: A massive fire that erupted Thursday at an oil terminal at Karachi’s Keamari locality left at least two people dead and interrupted petroleum supply across Pakistan, before security personnel controlled the inferno.
Police said the bodies of two people who were working at the Keamari oil terminal at the time of the blaze were recovered and identified. Both individuals were residents of the Kutchi Para neighbourhood nearby.
Rescue officials said at least four others were injured as well.
The blaze was stopped from spreading further after nine fire brigade vehicles participated in the extinguishing process. Rangers and Pakistan Navy personnel also joined the rescue efforts.
‘Huge fire’ averted
Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Chairperson Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar, who himself was wounded while on site to monitor efforts to douse the fire, said there were large oil reserves 500 yards away.
Speaking exclusively to Geo News, Akhtar explained that “had there not been an immediate notice [of the blaze], a huge fire could have erupted”.
“The fire affected my hair and face,” he said.