Six of a family burn to death in van fire in Karachi

KARACHI: A Sunday picnic turned into a horrific tragedy as six of a family were burnt to death while five others were injured as their van caught fire in Garden area of the city.

Rescue officials said at least six people, including children, were burnt to death and five wounded when their van caught fire early Sunday morning near the zoo.

As the van caught fire, passersby began dousing the flames themselves and rescued the trapped passengers.

Police officials said the van’s gas cylinders are intact and believe short-circuiting could be behind the fire. However, they are yet to determine the exact nature of the fire as investigations are under way.

The van’s passengers – 11 in total – were on the way to a picnic, according to the injured family members. There were four children inside the van when it burst into flames.

The driver suspiciously fled the scene and is nowhere to be found, according to police officials. Later in the day, police detained the driver’s brother and father in a bid to pressure him to return.

However, an FIR of the incident is yet to be registered.

Officials at the scene explained that four of the van’s passengers were pulled out in time, but added that they have suffered severe injuries and have been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.

Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident and directed Karachi’s additional inspector general to submit a report.

CM ORDERS COMMITTEE FORMATION:

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has ordered Transport Minister Nasir Shah to form a committee to probe the incident.

The committee will determine whether the van which caught fire was fit enough to be on the road.

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