A residential tower in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates broke out with massive fire on the night of Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

According to the report by Col. Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director of Sharjah Civil Defense, nine people acquired injuries and were immediately treated on site.

The supposed major disaster was averted, thanks to the quick response of the Sharjah Civil Defence teams. The cause of the fire is still being investigated but initial reports say that the fire started on the 10th floor of the Abbco Tower at around 9:04 in the evening.

Civil Defence officials coming from Mina and Al Nadha fire stations went into the area to take control of the blaze. Police officers were able to receive a call stating that a building in Al Nahda caught fire. The residential tower was constructed in 2006. There are 45 floors including parking floors and 36 residential floors that have 12 flats each.

Deputy General of Central Operations of Sharjah Police Col. Dr. Ali Abu Al Zoud confirmed through a drone that there were no residents trapped inside the ablaze building.

“We have contacted the building owner and alternate accommodation will be provided to all residents. It is still not clear how many apartments have been affected,” says Col Dr. Al Zoud.

As for residents in the nearby buildings, they were immediately evacuated for their safety.

“It was a small fire, to begin with, and we came out of the building as soon as we saw it,” says one resident.

A lot of residents in the building took refuge inside their cars. These victims lost their belongings and nowhere to go.

Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes told Gulf News: “Should there be any Filipinos affected by the Sharjah blaze, they should not hesitate to contact the Philippines Consulate General in Dubai on these WhatsApp numbers: 056-5015755; 056-5015756; 056-4177558.”

“We stand to assist our kabayans (compatriots), who are victims of this terrible incident, in terms of their personal documentation, including getting new passports or any other pertinent document. They can contact our ATN (Assistance to Nationals) desk hotline,” Cortes added.

Electrical short-circuits, discarded cigarette butts, randomly placed storage items and furniture and poor electrical connections were the major causes of fires that took place in Sharjah last year, according to a senior official.

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Source | GulfNews


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