A Pakistan cricketer has suffered a broken ankle in a successful bid to escape a hotel fire which has left at least 11 people dead in Karachi.
The 26-year-old Yasim Murtaza fractured his heel bone jumping from the second floor, while fellow cricketer, Sohaid Maqsood is reported to have saved his family from the flames.
The United Bank Limited team were staying in the four-star Regent Plaza hotel while competing in the Quiad-e-Azam trophy, a First-Class regional competition.
While most of the squad were primarily treated for smoke inhalation, Karamat Ali is thought to have suffered a hand injury.
U.B.L manager Nadeem Khan assured the media that the rest of the squad were in a stable condition, before elaborating on Murtaza and Ali’s injuries.
“Yasim…jumped from second to first floor and broke his heel bone, while Karamat Ali suffered a hand injury,” Khan revealed to ESPN Cricinfo. “The rest of the boys are fine and didn’t suffer any life-threatening injury at all, but they were given oxygen as they were suffocating with the smoke.”
More than 70 people were injured by the fire which is believed to have started in the hotel’s kitchen in the early hours of the morning.
Television footage shows frantic guests escaping from windows using knotted bed linen to reach safety.
Dr Seemi Jamali, of Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital revealed that some foreign guests had also been caught in the chaos and had been treated for burns.
“All patients are safe and secure. And we only have five patients now left in the emergency,” she told a Reuters news agency.
Tragically, however, Dr. Jamali would confirm that approximately 11 people had died at the scene.