Six members of a family were burnt to death while five others were injured as van caught fire in Garden area, Karachi.
According to Rescue and police officials, 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.
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.
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.
Two passengers, who made out alive, speaking to local news channel ‘Geo News’ said “I urge everyone from my family, who is watching television right now, to reach here and help us,”
One of the passengers said. “The fire brigade got here after two hours; they were late,” he added.
Another victim said that “Right after we figured out the van was on fire, my chachoo (uncle) told me to open the door. It was then that it exploded,”
Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal took notice of the incident and directed Karachi’s additional inspector general to submit a report. (PhotoNews / Geo News)