SHEIKHUPURA/FAISALABAD-A woman along with her three minor children - two sons and a daughter - were killed when roof of their house caved in following a gas cylinder blast.

The incident occurred in village Malkanwala in remit of Mangtanwala Police on Saturday, the police said.  The rescue said that the victims were identified as Allah Rakhi,35, her two sons - eight-year-old Nazim, 10-year-old Azam and five-year-old daughter Maria. The police said that the family, lived in a mud-made house, had lit a gas cylinder to warm the room and let it burning. In the wee hours of Saturday, the cylinder exploded and the entire room caught fire. As a result, roof of the house caved in, burying all the family members under the debris while the flames also engulfed the house. Resultantly all the four family members died. Their dead bodies were pulled out by the neighbours and shifted to DHQ Hospital Nankana Sahib. According to neighbours, the family head Spurd Ali lives in Lahore where he earns his livelihood. The police handed over to the dead bodies to the heirs after medico-legal formalities. The police have started investigation into the incident.

In Faisalabad, two minor siblings were killed and their mother and three others critically injured when roof of a house caved in.

According to rescue, Asifa wife of Dilawar Hussain went to see her parents in 220/RB Bawowala on Jhang Road. All the family members were sitting in a room when all of sudden its roof came down. As a result, Asifa’s four year-old-daughter Kanzul Iman and one and half-year-old son Kashif were killed on the spot while she along with her relatives - Shabana, Ahmad and a six-year-old child sustained critical injured and were shifted to hospital.


Five hurt in cylinder blast at hotel

SARGODHA-At least five people sustained injuries when a gas cylinder in a hotel exploded with a big bang on Saturday.

According to Rescue sources, the gas cylinder exploded in the kitchen of a local hotel situated in Karkhana Bazaar, the most congested area of the city. Rescuers said that five persons including Yousaf, Nazar, Ahmed Nawaz and two others got hurts in the incident and they had been moved to District Headquarters Teaching Hospital where condition of the two of them was told critical by the doctors. The gas cylinder blast temporarily triggered panic in the area. Rescue 1122 teams rushed there while police initiated necessary probe about the mishap and also seized other cylinders found in the said hotel.