A devasting fire engulfed eight members of a family — the mother, three daughters and four sons when a fire erupted in their house in Baldia Town’s Malang goth area the night between Sunday and Monday, The Dawn reported.
Police sources said that one of the mentally unstable family member had set the house on fire after locking the main door.
According to Sajid, an eyewitness, her mother had been under treatment for her mental illness for the past two years.
The fire brigades were pressed on job but by that time four people had lost their lives. Three others succumbed to their injuries while on the way to a hospital, whereas a woman died in the hospital during treatment.
“The deceased were identified as Gulzara Bibi, Nadia, Zafar, Naila, Rehan, Ruqia, Tayyab and Aqsa,” reports said.
According to Sajid, all the family members were sleeping in a room while their father was sleeping in the porch. When the fire erupted the father managed to escape.
A large number of residents of the area participated in the family’s funerals prayers, held at Hub River Road in Baldia Town.