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Published on Sep 13, 2012
Failure Of 16 Departments Exposed In Karachi Fire Tragedy Barred windows, shoddy building standards and the flouting of basic safety regulations are being blamed for the worst fire tragedy in the country's history that has so far claimed 289 lives in the country's financial capital Karachi. The fire started on Tuesday evening, when as many as 500 people were working at Ali Enterprises, a garments factory that mostly exports its products to foreign countries. The fire raged for more than 15 hours before firefighters managed to bring it under control. For much of Wednesday, flames continued to smolder as rescue workers carried out body after body covered in white sheets. As TV screens flashed images of mourning and wailing family members looking for their loved ones, people watching the developments at home across the country were equally aggrieved. There seemed to be no end to the climbing tally, a 100, 200, 225... and many were left wondering where the official machinery was all this while, why was a fire allowed to wreak so much havoc and did those responsible for handling such emergencies only slept through the night as the blaze swallowed poor workers one by one?