Islam Qala blaze leaves 17 people injured and worth of million dollars loss
A massive fire erupted in the Islam Qala border town in western Herat on Saturday night has not been completely stopped so far, eyewitnesses told Kabul Now, early today, Monday, February 14.
Local officials say hundreds of tankers, which were carrying fuel caught fire, and it has inflicted an estimated 50 million USD loss on Afghan traders.
Herat governor said that as the local government lacked the required fire-fighting facilities to stop the fire, they have sought the Iranian government to help them stop the fire.
Dozens of fuel tankers have caught fire, which is spreading, according to the eyewitness.
Initial reports say that as many as 17 people were injured in the fire. The figure is expected to rise as the fire has not been stopped completely.
Wahid Qatali, Herat governor, paid an urgent visit to the site where the fire has erupted. He said the local government had requested the Resolute Support and the Ministry of Defense to help the local government in the fight against this catastrophe.
Power imported from Iran was disconnected in Herat after the fire damaged a 132-kilovolt power transmission line, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said.
The fire broke out after a fuel tanker exploded, according to local officials.