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MISCELLANEOUS - FIRES

2 dead, 3 injured in iron-smelter explosion

Posted on 18/04/2013

An Arab and an Asian man died while 3 were injured after an iron-smelter in Al Gheil Industrial area in Ras Al Khaimah exploded on Tuesday. According to Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Za'abi, Head of RAK Civil Defence, the operations room received a tip off in the evening reporting that an iron smelter in Al Gheil area had exploded and caused a fire. Three fire fighting teams of Al Taween centre of Fujairah, Kadra centre of RAK and Al Manama centre of Ajman rushed to the spot. The teams ...  >>MORE

Fiery explosion rocks Ras Al Khaimah port

Posted on 11/04/2013

An Indian fisherman was killed and six others were injured when a fishing boat exploded at the port in Al Rams in Ras Al Khaimah on Tuesday evening. The injured fishermen suffered minor to moderate injuries and were transferred to the hospital in Ras Al Khaimah for treatment and discharged later while the body of the victim was moved to the hospital morgue. The flames quickly spread to four other fishing boats that were at the port. The fishing vessel in which the fire started and two others ...  >>MORE

Boats catch fire near Festival City

Posted on 11/03/2013

Three boats loaded with oil products caught fire on Sunday morning. The boats were close to Jadaf Metro Station opposite Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai. No one has been injured. Dubai Civil Defence Spokesperson Mohamed Hamed told The Gulf Today the operation room received a call at 9:25am and the fire was contained at 10:15am. He said the cause "is yet to be established” and that investigations are under way. At around 9:30, thick smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from a distance of ...  >>MORE

'Residential fire safety is this year’s priority'

Posted on 06/01/2013

Despite the emirate being home to some of the year's biggest fires, officials say fire accidents in Sharjah halved last year. Civil Defence released the new statistics from the department showing that four people died and 46 sustained injuries in fires in the emirate last year, while another seven died in other civil defence rescue-related operations, with a further 61 injuries reported. Civil Defence figures put the total number of deaths and injuries in fires and other civil defence-handled ...  >>MORE

Rescue crews evacuate Dubai tower as flames rip through building

Posted on 18/11/2012

The blaze started on the roof of the 34-floor Tamweel Tower, and residents were evacuated around 2am as the fire spread down the facade of the building. Residents of neighbouring towers were also evacuated because of the danger that the fire could spread. "The fire alarm went off at 2.30am and at first we thought they were just testing the system,” said Ildo Son, 37, from Korea. "Then we looked out of the window and saw lots of fire crews waving for us to come out.” Mr Son and his wife ...  >>MORE

Fire damages tower in Tecom area

Posted on 07/10/2012

A major fire in a residential building in Dubai's Tecom area has left behind charred remains as entire flats were burnt down in a ‘freak accident'. Smoke detectors set off fire alarms early on Saturday morning as residents ran to safety through the building stairwell. "I was sleeping when the fire started. I opened the main door of my house after hearing a fire alarm and there was a lot of smoke,” said Niraj Dugad, a resident. The fire started at around 9.30am on the fourth floor of the ...  >>MORE

Police douse two fires in Sharjah

Posted on 01/10/2012

Firefighters in Sharjah managed to douse two fires in the emirate on Sunday. The first fire considered huge, started at 12pm at a petrochemical warehouse in Al Sajjah Industrial Area. The warehouse was completely gutted due to the inflammable contents. All barrels containing chemicals and petroleum material were also gutted. Firefighters from the Sharjah, Ajman and Dubai police stations helped in putting out the blaze according to Brigadier Abdullah Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ...  >>MORE

Fire destroys perfume factory in Ras Al Khor

Posted on 23/08/2012

A major perfume factory has been gutted completely in a fire that threatened to spread to adjoining units for nearly 10 hours. At least a dozen firefighting engines were pressed into action at Chemcrown International perfumes factory in Ras Al Khor, trying to contain the fire that started around 12.30pm. A civil defence worker, who was part of the team working to control the fire, said that they have been fighting for the last four hours and may well take another five hours to douse the ...  >>MORE

Fire guts warehouse in Dubai's Al Quoz

Posted on 16/08/2012

A fire gutted a warehouse in Al Quoz yesterday, destroying Shaklan Supermarket's stock of food, clothes and electronics. About a dozen workers were in the warehouse behind the supermarket in Al Quoz 4 when the fire started about 3.20pm. The manager of the supermarket said a worker noticed smoke coming from the food items and immediately alerted the rest of the staff. No one was hurt. "We had about 30 people working in the warehouse and in the supermarket in total," said Abdul Rashid, the ...  >>MORE

Fire erupts at warehouse in Sharjah

Posted on 02/06/2012

A warehouse in Sharjah's Industrial Area 6 caught fire early on Saturday morning, witnesses told Gulf News. It was not clear what caused the fire at Everest Industrial Co. warehouse, which residents said started at around 3am. Police were at the scene as firefighters backed by at least six firetrucks battled to control the blaze, witnesses said. No one was reported injured. As thick smoke rose to the skies, residents of a nearby residential building rushed out to safety for fear that the fire ...  >>MORE

UAE mall safety to be scrutinised following Doha tragedy

Posted on 30/05/2012

Strict fire regulations and frequent inspections make the UAE's shopping malls among the safest in the world, but they will undergo new scrutiny following the tragedy in Doha. This Qatar experience will result in major changes," said Barry Bell, the managing director of Wagner Fire Safety Management Consultants in Dubai and a fire engineer with more than 30 years' experience. "Everyone will be eager to criticise, but you can never say never. Every time something horrific happens, we learn ...  >>MORE

Major fire guts 34-floor residential building in Sharjah

Posted on 29/04/2012

A massive fire broke out at around 2:30 am on Saturday morning on the north side of Al Tayer building in the Al Nahda area of Sharjah. Panic spread among the residents living in the building when fire broke out but they managed to escape unhurt. But residents fear many pets left behind by them in the 34 floor residential building may not survive the fire. The reason for the blaze is still unknown. Civil defence and police reacted fairly quickly and ambulances, fire-fighters were quickly ...  >>MORE

The Heritage Film Festival begins in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 23/02/2012

The Heritage Film Festival runs tonight until Saturday at Heritage Village, Breakwater Island, Abu Dhabi. Visit www.goethe.de/heritagefilmfestival. Abu Dhabi's second annual Heritage Film Festival, which launched yesterday at the capital's Heritage Village and runs until Saturday, brings together a selection of Emirati, German and Swiss feature and short films to be screened at an open-air cinema. The 13 films aim to tackle the theme of the young and old. The festival will see a return ...  >>MORE

Massive fire on Dubai creek, two dhows completely gutted

Posted on 19/02/2012

Two dhows caught fire at Dubai Creek late on Saturday. One is reported to be a cargo dhow, according to eyewitnesses, while some say the second was used for sight-seeing. Police confirmed the incident, but did not give details at the time of going to print. Several explosions were witnessed and fire-fighters were battling to put out the blaze. The fire is believed to have started at 8pm on one boat and spread to the other. Al Seef Road leading to the area was closed to traffic. Fire brought ...  >>MORE

Fire leaves 125 families homeless

Posted on 26/01/2012

A huge fire gutted a residential building in Sharjah, opposite Al Taawun Mall, in the wee hours of Wednesday. The blaze started at 2.15am and left about 125 families homeless. However, no one was injured or dead. The facade of the building was burnt from top to bottom. The police cordoned off the area. The fire had started on the first floor and spread till the 23rd floor. The blaze was completely doused at around 5am by fire-fighters from Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Qaiwain, Ras ...  >>MORE

Massive fire breaks out at a chemical factory in Dubai

Posted on 12/10/2011

Firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical factory from yesterday afternoon well into the evening. The trading and manufacturing company's warehouse, in phase two of Dubai Investments Park, is believed to house industrial and food chemicals. "The fire broke out at our warehouse where chemicals are kept," said an official at the company. "People were working inside the warehouse after lunch when it broke out and spread in seconds." No casualties were reported. The area was cordoned off and ...  >>MORE

No casualties in Abu Dhabi refinery fire

Posted on 27/06/2011

Abu Dhabi Police and Civil Defence put out a fire at the Umm Al Nar Refinery in 45 minutes on Sunday morning. No one was hurt in the fire.. "A fire started in boiler number eight at 10.45am and reached the fuel tanks, which made the situation critical," Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Al Hosani, head of technical rescue and rapid intervention section said. "The Technical Control and Rapid Intervention Section at the Emergency and Public Safety Department was dispatched to the scene immediately ...  >>MORE

Warehouses gutted in Sharjah industrial area

Posted on 08/06/2011

A thick blanket of black smoke engulfed the skies of Sharjah yesterday afternoon after a fire ravaged five warehouses. Lieutenant Colonel Khalid Bin Kanoon, director of fire stations at Sharjah Civil Defence, told reporters that a fire was reported at around 1.45pm at a warehouse located in Industrial Area 12. The fire was eventually brought under control by 6pm. All the damaged warehouses belonged to a ceramic sanitary wares and plumbing company. Civil Defence teams from Dubai and Ajman ...  >>MORE

Fire-fighters contain fire at Airport Road building in capital

Posted on 29/08/2010

Nine persons sustained minor to moderate injuries and ten vehicles were either partly or completely damaged in a fire that erupted yesterday afternoon at an eight storey building on the Airport Road in the capital. The timely intervention of Abu Dhabi Police forces, civil defence, mobile hospital and other relevant teams had averted any loss of lives in the fire accident. Brigadier Fares Al Faresi, head of the disaster management team, said 14 fire engines (water tankers), 12 pumps, three ...  >>MORE

Life in Sharjah hit as exploding flames devour four warehouses

Posted on 12/05/2010

The largest fire in Sharjah this year so far broke out on Tuesday at the National Paints factory warehouse, a senior police official confirmed. The massive blaze quickly spread and gutted four of the factory's warehouses. One employee was injured jumping to safety from the first floor where he worked, and two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation and minor abrasions to the skull. All three were later released. Gulf News contacted National Paints office, but senior officials were ...  >>MORE

Three company premises destroyed in Sharjah fire

Posted on 10/04/2010

A large fire gutted three company premises and also spread to a residential building in Industrial Area 6 on Thursday. Colonel Waheed Al Serkal, Director of Sharjah Civil Defence, said the fire broke out at 3pm and took more than two hours to extinguish. Fire fighters from Dubai and Ajman Civil Defence also coordinated to put off the fire that destroyed seven cars. No fatalities or injuries were reported but the material losses could be in millions of dirhams, according to Al Serkal. He ...  >>MORE

Firefighters display their skills

Posted on 19/01/2010

UAE firefighters endured the "toughest two minutes in sport" on Monday afternoon. Six teams from across the country joined their Canadian counterparts for the inaugural UAE International Firefit Championships at Dubai World Trade Centre. The event, which was being held as part of the Intersec exhibition, is designed to showcase and promote the physical fitness of firefighters. Dale McRoberts, president of Firefit, said: "It is a competition with a purpose because you are carrying out the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi future buildings to better resist fire

Posted on 22/12/2009

From early 2010, buildings in Abu Dhabi will be safer and better protected against fire as all new construction and additions to existing structures will be required to comply with Abu Dhabi's new International Fire Code. The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is implementing stringent processes and procedures to enforce the new codes across the emirate's construction industry. "Ensuring safety for the community of Abu Dhabi is at the heart of everything we do," says H.E. Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Under-construction Al Reem Island's building catches fire

Posted on 19/10/2009

A building under construction caught fire today at Al Reem Island, 600 meters off Abu Dhabi shores. Brigadier Othman Al Tamami, director of Emergency and Public Safety at Abu Dhabi Police said the fire was caused by burning of insulation items. He added that a number of workers were given first aid treatment on site for minor injuries from inhaling smoke. Al Tamami added that the civil defence was quick to contain the fire in the building which is being constructed as a car park for three ...  >>MORE

Blaze razes Sharjah shops, warehouses

Posted on 13/10/2009

A large fire broke out on Monday morning in an electrical shop and spread to seven other shops and warehouses. The fire started at 7.30am at an electrical shop in Industrial Area 6, and there were no reports of any casualties or injuries. According to Major Marwan Bu Afra, Director of Fire Brigades in Sharjah, a total of five electrical shops and three warehouses were gutted as a result of the fire. A fireman at the scene said it was most likely that the fire started in one shop and then ...  >>MORE

Massive fire breaks out at a labour accommodation in Al Ain

Posted on 26/07/2009

Four people were treated for smoke inhalation and shortness of breath after a massive fire broke out in a labour accommodation in Al Hili Industrial area in Al Ain on Saturday. The fire gutted 40 caravans that include 80 rooms accommodating 640 workers. Al Ain Police Operation Room received a call and rushed to the scene immediately. Firefighting and rescue teams from Al Ain Police, Civil Defence and Air wing managed to contain the fire immediately after arriving on the scene. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

Fire contained at Al Ain warehouses

Posted on 25/07/2009

Firefighters yesterday contained fire at two warehouses containing wooden and aluminium items at Al Ain industrial area. Lt. Colonel Mohammed Ibrahim Al Ameri, Head of the Emergency and Safety Section at Al Ain Police said the rescue teams managed to contain the fire immediately after arriving to the scene. He added that three Asian workers were taken to Al Ain Hospital with minor smoke inhalation injuries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai sees 40% fall in fire incidents

Posted on 12/07/2009

During the last six month this year, the fire incidents in Dubai witnessed a significant decrease of 40 per cent, when compared with the same period last year. "The reduction came as result of the measures that have been taken by the civil defence, such as increasing inspections and awareness campaigns, field surveys, especially in the workers' accommodations and warehouses of the industrial areas, which are considered the most vulnerable," said Director General of Dubai Civil Defence, Major ...  >>MORE

Firefighters battle to douse warehouse fires in Abu Dhabi, Dubai

Posted on 28/06/2009

A warehouse storing chemicals for oil well drilling caught fire at Al Mussaffah Industrial area in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Colonel Othman Al Tamami, Director of the General Department of Emergency and Safety, Abu Dhabi Police, said fire fighters went through heat exhaustion and were exposed to smoke. Some workers were unconscious but no casualties or critical injuries 
were reported. First Lieutenant Abdullah Al Temeimi, Director of the Relations Section, Abu Dhabi Civil Defence, ...  >>MORE

Firefighters bring massive fire in Sharjah under control

Posted on 19/04/2009

Over 150 firefighters struggled hard to bring a massive fire that broke out at a chemical plant in the industrial zone in Sharjah this morning. Two workers sustained light injuries in the fire that reduced the entire plant into ashes. A number of adjacent warehouses, a printing press, a gas store and two trucks were partially damaged in the fire. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Industrial warehouse catches fire in Sharjah

Posted on 14/02/2009

A warehouse containing petrochemicals razed on Thursday in a fire that lasted for over four hours. No casualties or injuries were reported. The fire broke out at 11.30 pm in a warehouse located in Industrial Area No 5. The fire spread quickly due to the presence of extremely flammable liquids and chemicals stored in the warehouse and the flames were also fuelled by strong winds. Sharjah Civil Defence firemen rushed to the scene and with the cooperation of Dubai, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman ...  >>MORE

Massive fire sweeps through parts of Fujairah Free Zone

Posted on 06/12/2008

A huge fire engulfed parts of Fujairah Free Zone Thursday night causing substantial damage but no injuries, Zone officials said. Up to 60 firemen and 12 fire engines fought to control the fire, which was described as the largest in Fujairah in many years. Civil defence teams from Khor Fakkan, Kalba, Fujairah Airport as well as centres in Al Dhaid, Sharjah, Al Manama and Ajman were all called in to provide support to the Fujairah Civil Defence firefighters. Authorities received the first ...  >>MORE

Two factories in Al Mussaffah catch fire; 11 fire-fighters Injured

Posted on 01/09/2008

A paper factory in Al Mussaffah industrial area in the emirate was gutted as a fire broke out on Saturday evening. The blaze spread to a nearby carpet factory. It took the fire-fighters almost the entire night to put out the blaze. In the process, 11 fire-fighters suffered light asphyxiation; while some of them were given first aid at the spot, others were taken to hospital for treatment. Colonel Othman Al Tamami, Director of the Emergency and Public Safety Department of Abu Dhabi Police, said ...  >>MORE

Poster designing competition for ME Film Festival

Posted on 21/05/2008

The directorate of Middle East International Film Festival organised by Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has announced a competition for designing a poster for the event. Director of the Festival Nashwa Al Ruweini said that the competition is open for individuals and institutions. The details for participating in the competition are available in the special website dedicated to the event. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Blaze causes Dh5m damage

Posted on 08/05/2008

A fire gutted a warehouse being used to store insulation materials and petrochemicals in the Sharjah Industrial Area No 10 yesterday. No one was hurt in the blaze, which started at about 4pm. Firefighters struggled for three hours to extinguish the fire and were forced to call for reinforcements from as far away as Dubai and Ajman to prevent it from spreading to other buildings. A blanket of thick black smoke forced traffic on Emirates Road to come to an almost complete halt for several ...  >>MORE

Paper mill fire put out

Posted on 16/04/2008

A major fire was brought under control today at a paper mill in Sharjah. No causalities were reported. The fire broke out at Al Ijtimaa Paper Mill in Sharjah's Al Sajaa industrial area . It was caused by a spark from an overheated packing machine and, aided by winds, spread very quickly. Lt. Colonel Ali Mujbil Al Ali of the Sharjah Civil defence said the firefighters managed to contain the blaze in the evening. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s landmark goes up in smoke

Posted on 03/04/2008

More than 180 shops in the three-decade-old Naif Souq in Deira, popularly known as ‘cabin market', were reduced to ashes, following a massive blaze in the early hours of yesterday. No casualty or injury was reported, officials said. The fire gutted 184 shops of the 190 shops in the souq, Salim Zayed, Head of Market Control Section of Dubai Municipality, said. The losses, according to market sources, are expected to run into millions of dirhams. Fire experts are investigating the cause of the ...  >>MORE

FCA waits results of Quoz fire investigation

Posted on 31/03/2008

The Federal Customs Authority (FCA) demanded the competent authorities not to jump to conclusion in regard to the massive fire which gutted the fireworks warehouse at Al Quoz areas in Dubai before the investigation were completed. 'We urge these circles not to jump to conclusion, issue premature judgment and point fingers of blame at certain bodies before completion of investigation on the blaze,' said FCA Deputy Director General Saeed Al Muri. 'The competent authorities are investigation the ...  >>MORE

83 warehouses gutted in Al Quoz blaze

Posted on 27/03/2008

An explosion in a firecracker warehouse in Al Quoz caused a massive fire, which left two workers dead and three injured, Civil Defence officials said. Eighty-three warehouses in the vicinity too have been completely gutted, according to Civil Defence officials. The Quick Intervention Unit, a team of specialised fire-fighters from Al Ain has been rushed to the spot to help fight the blaze. According to residents living in the area, the fire-fighters had managed to bring much of the blaze under ...  >>MORE

Large fire hits Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai

Posted on 26/03/2008

At least one person is believed to have died after a huge blast rocked the Al Quoz industrial area early on Wednesday. A large black cloud of smoke could be seen billowing into the air following what witnesses say was a large explosion which shook windows in the surrounding area. Police sources say the fire occurred in a firecracker warehouse, with some reports claiming that firecrackers are still going off more than two hours after the initial blast. An RTA technician Ameer Pineda, who was ...  >>MORE

Warehouses gutted in Al Jaddaf area

Posted on 23/03/2008

Two warehouses in the Al Jaddaf area were gutted by a fire on Saturday. One warehouse was used to store raw materials for manufacturing boats and the other for spare parts of boats. The fire broke out at about 5.30pm and was put out by 8pm by Dubai Civil Defence firefighters. According to reports, four people sustained minor injuries. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

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2 dead, 3 injured in iron-smelter explosion


Fiery explosion rocks Ras Al Khaimah port


Boats catch fire near Festival City


'Residential fire safety is this year’s priority'


Rescue crews evacuate Dubai tower as flames rip through building


Fire damages tower in Tecom area


Police douse two fires in Sharjah


Fire destroys perfume factory in Ras Al Khor


Fire guts warehouse in Dubai's Al Quoz


Fire erupts at warehouse in Sharjah


UAE mall safety to be scrutinised following Doha tragedy


Major fire guts 34-floor residential building in Sharjah


The Heritage Film Festival begins in Abu Dhabi


Massive fire on Dubai creek, two dhows completely gutted


Fire leaves 125 families homeless


Massive fire breaks out at a chemical factory in Dubai


No casualties in Abu Dhabi refinery fire


Warehouses gutted in Sharjah industrial area


Fire-fighters contain fire at Airport Road building in capital


Life in Sharjah hit as exploding flames devour four warehouses


Three company premises destroyed in Sharjah fire


Firefighters display their skills


Abu Dhabi future buildings to better resist fire


Under-construction Al Reem Island's building catches fire


Blaze razes Sharjah shops, warehouses


Massive fire breaks out at a labour accommodation in Al Ain


Fire contained at Al Ain warehouses


Dubai sees 40% fall in fire incidents


Firefighters battle to douse warehouse fires in Abu Dhabi, Dubai


Firefighters bring massive fire in Sharjah under control


Industrial warehouse catches fire in Sharjah


Massive fire sweeps through parts of Fujairah Free Zone


Two factories in Al Mussaffah catch fire; 11 fire-fighters Injured


Poster designing competition for ME Film Festival


Blaze causes Dh5m damage


Paper mill fire put out


Dubai’s landmark goes up in smoke


FCA waits results of Quoz fire investigation


83 warehouses gutted in Al Quoz blaze


Large fire hits Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai


Warehouses gutted in Al Jaddaf area