A cotton ginning factory in Pakistan was gutted at the weekend when a fire reduced around 8000 bales of cotton worth PKR100m (US$1.65m) to ashes.

The factory, near the near Cantonment area of the Bahawalnagar district, caught fire on Sunday but no loss of life was reported.

The blaze erupted at Rafi cotton industries at around 10am, and firefighters reached the factory within an hour. The blaze was controlled after around two to three hours, but the cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

By Ahmed Abdullah.