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At least 10 dead, 22 injured in fire that ravages shopping mall in Pakistan

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A massive fire ripped through a shopping mall in Pakistan on Saturday morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring 22 others.

The fire broke out inside the RJ Mall, a multi-storey building in the southwestern city of Karachi. The building also houses call centers and software companies.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire around 6:30 a.m. and dispatched eight fire trucks to the scene, according to fire chief Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan.

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Rescuers carry the body of a victim after a fire broke out at a shopping mall in Pakistan, killing 10 people. (Rizwan Trizman Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

Khan said most of the fire ravaged the fourth floor of the building, where many call centers are located. The mall was reportedly closed at the time.

Karachi Mayor Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui said the fire had been extinguished and a cooling process was underway.

He said that of the 22 injured, five were in critical condition.

“We are doing our best to do whatever it takes to save their lives and provide them with all the necessary treatment to save their lives,” Siddiqui told reporters at the scene.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a shopping center in Pakistan. At least 10 people were killed. (Rizwan Trizman Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

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The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

However, NEWS9 Live, an English news service in India, reported that the fire could have been started by a short-circuiting generator, and it spread to engulf two stories, trapping the victims.

Harrowing footage from the scene shows bodies being taken out of the building in body bags and placed in ambulances. Smoke could be seen coming from the building.

Fires are not uncommon in Karachi, the capital of the southern province of Sindh.

A view of the Karachi shopping center where a fire broke out, killing at least 10 people. (Rizwan Trizman Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this year, a fire ripped through a clothing factory, killing four firefighters. Flames ravaged the building, eventually causing it to collapse.

In August 2021, at least 10 people were killed in a fire at a chemical plant in the city.

Emergency workers and rescue workers outside the shopping center where a fire broke out, killing at least 10 people. (Rizwan Trizman Tabassum/AFP via Getty Images)

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In 2012, 260 people died in arson during a factory fire. Two people were sentenced to death for the fire they started because the factory owners refused to pay bribes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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