KARACHI, Pakistan — The death toll from a pair of devastating factory fires that broke out in Pakistan's two biggest cities rose on Wednesday to 314 people, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape buildings that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment such as alarms and sprinklers.
"There were no safety measures taken in the building design. There was no emergency exit. All the people got trapped," said senior police official Amjad Farooqi.
"Safety measures." You're probably tsk, tsking, thinking, "If only..."
If only those backwards Pakistanis had modern regulations, things like lighted exit signs and unlocked emergency exits, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, and building code fire regulations.
Here's my "If only..." If only people would build their structures out of non-flammable materials, like concrete. I don't know of a single building code in God's America that forbids building with flammable sticks. I'm like, Hello! Anybody home?
Posted by Dave