QUETTA - Humanitarian goods worth millions of rupees were reduced to ashes as UNHCR’s warehouse in Quetta caught fire on Wednesday.

After receiving the information, the fire brigade staff rushed to the site on main Airport Road. The fire fighters struggled for more than three hours to control the blazing fire.

More than six fire engines remained busy in fetching water from the main City and taking it to the site and later extinguished the fire. However, hundreds of blankets, tents, plastic sheets, kitchen sets, furniture were reduced to ashes.

An under ground Islamic militant organisation claimed responsibility for the fire as protest over the silence of world body over injustices being done in the world against Muslims.

According to Dr. Sandal Khan, the incharge of UNHCR warehouse while qouting the watchman of the warehouse said that an explosion was heard after which fire broke out which within minutes engulfed the whole warehouse.  He said that soon after the fire, fire fighters were called in who through their efforts extinguished the fire.

He said that the inquiry had been ordered to know the cause of the incident and action would be taken against those found responsible for the damage to the warehouse.

Head of UNHCR Quetta office Charles Hyuth told the newsmen at the site of the fire that it was too early to say anything about the cause of the fire and he would be able to say anything after the inquiry.

He said that the humantarian articles like blankets, tents, plastic sheets, furnitures were gutted and their value could not be determined at the moment unless inquiry was made.

Meanwhile, a caller while introducing himself as Ali Mavia, the spokesman of Jeish Umar Bin Khitaab called newspaper offices and claimed responsibility for torching UNUCR ware house.

He warned all UN associated NGOs to stop their activities and close their offices in the area ,otherwise, face the consequences.