The Bahria Icon Tower in Karachi is currently on fire and the situation seems pretty bad.
The Bahria Icon tower is supposed to be the tallest building in Pakistan and it has caught on fire.
The skyscraper has 62 floors and construction on the tower began in 2008 and took 10 years to complete as it was opened and finally operational earlier this year.
The building now serves as an integral part of Karachi’s skyline and people were excited about the building being finally finished this year. But apparently, now the building has caught on fire.
The news broke with people sharing images of smoke emerging from the building on social media.
Bahria Icon Tower is on fire. Pakistan's tallest building which still is under construction has got fire, and the smoke can be seen from far away. None of the TV Chanel is covering this who otherwise r fighting for breaking news. #Karachi #Timesofkarachi #KarachiUpdate pic.twitter.com/qHJfoW64L8
— Zain Awan (@zainwain) November 26, 2018
— Sabena Siddiqi (@sabena_siddiqi) November 26, 2018
The cause of the fire is unknown for now, however, the footage of the building is setting it up to be quite the horrific scene.
— Hamadullah Sohu (@hsohu) November 26, 2018
Videos and images of smoke coming from the huge structure are now going viral all across social media with people still confused about what is actually going on and the extent of the fire itself. According to reports from Dawn, the firefighters claimed the fire had been contained but eyewitnesses said this was not the case and that the fire even might have reignited.
— Ahmad Raza (@a_razu) November 26, 2018
The extent of the fire is still unknown, and no knows whether the fire is contained in one section of the building or has spread to the entire structure. But the idea of a fire in such a huge structure has shaken some people.
First reaction to skyscrapers coming up in Karachi was awe: “Wow! Just imagine the spectacular view from up there!” And 2nd reaction was always fear:”What if there’s a fire…?”
Have never climbed up to take in the view, but the Bahria Icon fire makes one nightmare come true
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) November 26, 2018
Some are wondering at how such an unfortunate incident befell the tower so soon after completion.
Bahria Icon Tower abhi complete howa nahi hai aur aj usmain aag bhi lag gayi hai, Pora traffic bandh kiya howa hai uski wajah se Mazar wali lane per
— M. Sarosh Ebrahim (@msarosh) November 26, 2018
The entire incident seems incredibly unbelievable, the tower was finally operational just earlier this year and one would imagine, a building which took ten years to be constructed and boasted as Pakistan’s tallest one would have better mechanisms for fire safety.
There are currently no reports whether anyone is in the building and if anyone was evacuated and whether anyone was hurt.
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