An explosion on Tuesday inside a boiler room within a factory in New Karachi Industrial Area resulted in the deaths of eight and injury to at least 16 people, police said.
According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Moeenuddin, the incident took place inside an ice and cold storage factory.
He said seven people were at work inside the factory when the blast occurred.
DSP Moeenuddin said that the building has been “extensively damaged” and nearby factories have also been affected. He said many people are likely buried underneath the factory’s rubble.
Rescue officials at the site said that the roof of the building caved in after the blast.
Bystanders rushed to the site to help the affected as rescue teams arrived.
Officers of the police, Sindh Rangers and Karachi Municipal Corporation are all assisting rescue efforts.
According to Dr Salma Kausar from Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, 13 people injured were brought to the facility, of which four passed away.
She said one injured person was taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.