400 shops gutted in Lahore Shopping plaza inferno

Fire doused after nightlong operation

05:45 PM | 14 Mar, 2022
400 shops gutted in Lahore Shopping plaza inferno
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LAHORE – Fire Brigade doused huge inferno erupted at Pace shopping plaza located in Lahore’s Gulberg area after the night-long operation however goods worth millions were reduced to ashes.

The fire was so intense at the four-story mall that firefighters battled the flames all night using 20 fire trucks. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The inferno caused extensive material damage, ripping through hundreds of clothes, leather, and cosmetic shops.

A large number of shopkeepers flocked outside the plaza soon after the fire erupted and some even tried to get inside and save as much of their goods as possible, however, they were restricted due to the intensity of the fire.

60 rescue workers were rushed to the shopping center in the wee hours as pictures and clips doing rounds on the internet showed flames and smoke drifting into the sky.

Meanwhile, the cause of the fire is not known as of now while investigations are underway to determine the cause, officials said.

Lahore DC Umer Sher Chatha referred blaze as Class A fire. Plaza premises is closed in light of safety measures as officials will inspect the structure first.

On the other hand, shop owners alleged plaza management for their role in the incident. Traders maintained that fire of this intensity could not erupt because of a short circuit.

Meanwhile, the incident was the fifth major fire reported in the Gulberg neighborhood over the last four years. Earlier, a massive inferno in Hafeez Centre gutted more than 400 shops, godowns, and repair facilities, inflicting heavy losses on traders.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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