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MISCELLANEOUS - FIRES

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

Massive fire engulfs foam factory in Ajman

Posted on 26/02/2008

A massive fire gutted a foam factory yesterday in the new industrial area near the Sharjah-Ajman border, police said. "Fire destroyed the furniture factory while the loss could be at millions of dirhams," said a police official. Colonel Ali Abdullah Alwan, chief of Ajman Police told Gulf News that the fire erupted at a foam factory which belongs to a known furniture company. Colonel Alwan said that the workers managed to escape the fire. Police are questioning the manager of the factory about ...  >>MORE

Fire ravages 20 Portakabins in Dubai

Posted on 03/01/2008

Around 20 Portakabins used as labour accommodation near dock roundabout on Emirates Road were gutted after a fire broke out early on Thursday, said Civil Defence officials. The fire has been put out and no injuries have been reported. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Flames consume 2 warehouses in Sharjah, no casualties reported

Posted on 14/11/2007

Flames raged through three warehouses for perfumes and colour dyes in Sharjah's Industrial Area II after Monday's midnight. No casualties were reported although the two perfumes warehouses were totally consumed by the fire. The neighbouring paint storehouse was partially burned out by raging flames. Civil defence teams managed to have full control over the fire by pumping large amounts of water and extinguishing powder. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Fire razes 3 factories in Sharjah

Posted on 30/10/2007

A huge fire consumed three factories and razed seven vehicles in Sharjah on Monday. Ten workers sustained various injuries. The fire erupted in Al Sharq Oil Factory in 13th industrial area when an oil barrel exploded. The flames quickly reached out to two neighbouring carton and glass factories, gutting big quantities of oil, carton and paper supplies and causing damages to the glass factory. Sharjah Civil Defence and emergency units aided by Ajman Civil Defence and the Armed Forces Fire ...  >>MORE

Another fire in Jebel Ali

Posted on 11/09/2007

A plastic packaging factory was gutted in a massive fire that broke out in its premises in Jebel Ali Industrial Area 3 early yesterday morning. No one was injured in the incident. The fire was brought under control by civil defence and fire fighting teams from Al Quoz, Jebel Ali Jumeirah and Al Karama more than three hours after the blaze started. The cause of the fire at the United Flexible Packaging Co. Ltd. in Jebel Ali Free Zone (South Zone) was unknown. Preliminary investigations ...  >>MORE

Blaze at chemical facility in Jebel Ali to be investigated

Posted on 29/08/2007

Police will investigate the fire that broke out at a chemical storage facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone on Monday morning. Brigadier Dr Jamal Al Merri, Acting Chief of Dubai Police, revealed that a team of specialists and investigators from the departments concerned will investigate the fire to determine the cause and the losses. A fire had broken out in an open warehouse used to store chemicals on Monday morning, but there were no causalities. The fire broke out at 4am and was under control by ...  >>MORE

Fire in Jebel Ali port triggers blasts

Posted on 27/08/2007

Explosions ripped through a chemical storage depot at Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates on Monday after the second fire in two weeks at a cargo port in the Gulf Arab oil exporter, officials said. There were no casualties and the fire had not disrupted shipping because it broke out near the entrance to Jebel Ali, the busiest container port in the Middle East. The port is regularly visited by US naval vessels. "There were explosions, sending debris up to 300 metres in the air," said ...  >>MORE

Losses from Sharjah port fire yet to be estimated, says official

Posted on 21/08/2007

An official at the Emirates Lube Oil Company (ELCO) on Monday said the cause of the fire at its premises is being investigated and the losses are yet to be estimated. A massive fire broke out on Friday night at Sharjah's Port Khalid. Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire started at the oil products storage facilities of ELCO. Mohammad Al Siri, a member of the board, said the matter is being investigated by civil defence and police. ELCO will start producing again by next week. The ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's cargo port reopens for shipping after fire

Posted on 20/08/2007

Loading and unloading operations at Port Khalid, the main sea cargo facility at Sharjah, were resumed as usual after fire-fighters put out a massive fire broke out on Friday at the Emirate Lube Company's stores. Captain Marwan Abu Afra of the Sharjah Civil Defence said two teams were still cooling off the blaze scene to prevent excessive heat causing explosion at eight oil reservoirs (each has a storage capacity of 30,000 of lubes) saved from the flames. He said that over 60 wood caravan ...  >>MORE

Fears of major port oil spill allayed

Posted on 20/08/2007

Fears of an oil spill or petroleum products polluting the sea at Sharjah Port after a fire raged through an oil storage facility have been quashed by environment sector officials. The fire which started on Friday night in the Emirates Oil Lube Company Ltd at Sharjah's biggest port, Port Khalid, caused acute damage to the facility. Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, confirmed that most of the pollution had come in the aftermath and caused large black plumes of smoke ...  >>MORE

Heroes of the inferno

Posted on 20/08/2007

As the thick smoke cleared, they could finally breathe easy - fire-fighters from across the country fought valiantly to combat the blaze that spread panic in Sharjah. Gulf News spoke to two of the brave men who battled the inferno all night. Two fire-fighters from Dubai Civil Defence said they spent 13 hours fighting the fire that started at oil products storage facilities of Emirates Lube Oil Company in Sharjah's Port Khalid. Lieutenant Colonel Ebrahim Al Saying, Coordinator of the Dubai fire ...  >>MORE

Saif bin Zayed praises Civil Defence

Posted on 19/08/2007

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior , has paid tribute to the Civil Defence forces for their heroic effort in putting off a massive fire at Port Khalid here. "It was a significant achievement," Sheikh Saif said, citing the Civil Defence's ability to contain in a record time the fire that had broken out on late Friday evening at a depot of Emirates Lube Oil Company in the Sharjah Port Khalid, preventing its spread to other sites of the port. The Minister, who was ...  >>MORE

Fire-fighters battled massive fire at Sharjah's Port Khalid

Posted on 19/08/2007

Fire-fighters have been battling a massive fire which broke out at a depot of Emirates Lube Oil Company in the Sharjah Port Khalid on Friday at 11: 22 PM and raging on up to Saturday mid-noon, Sharjah police said in a press release yesterday. 'Acting on instructions and follow up by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, civil defence brigades are exerting their utmost effort to prevent the flames from creeping into the nearby fuel tanks, the Police statement added. ...  >>MORE

Blaze destroys Jebel Ali worker accommodation

Posted on 08/08/2007

A fire ravaged a labour accommodation in Jebel Ali on Tuesday, civil defence said. The fire which started at 11.30am destroyed ten cabins. About 3,000 workers lived in the accommodation. A senior official from the company head office told Gulf News that there were no injuries. He said: "It was an accident and the police and Civil Defence are investigating the matter. We have planned to shift all our workers to our accommodations located in Dubai and Sharjah." A Civil Defence personnel who was ...  >>MORE

Massive fire put out at paints factory in Sharjah

Posted on 15/07/2007

Sharjah Civil Defence teams and Police patrols backed by an Ajman Civil Defence team have managed to put a massive fire that broke out on Saturday in a paints factory at the Sharjah Airport Free Zone. The factory was gutted, and most of its machines and equipment and huge quantities of manufactured paints destroyed. There were no human casualties but financial loss from the fire is reported to be worth millions of dirhams. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Fire killed eight in first five months of year

Posted on 12/07/2007

Eight people were killed in fires in the first five months of this year, compared to none during the same period in 2006, according to statistics from Dubai Civil Defence. Most deaths occurred as a result of car accidents, which claimed the lives of four people out of the eight victims. There has been an increase of 17.3 per cent in fires in the five months of this year with 244 incidents compared to 208 during the same period last year. A spokesperson told Gulf News Dubai Civil Defence is ...  >>MORE

Blaze ravages popular marketplace in Al Ain

Posted on 29/06/2007

Al Ain's popular market suffered a significant financial loss on Wednesday night when a suspected electric short-circuit triggered a huge fire. Nobody was reportedly injured in the incident, which took about three hours to put out by firefighters and officials of the Quick Intervention Unit at Al Ain Police. Located in the Al Khabisi district, Al Ahlia trading is one of the oldest and most popular markets in Al Ain. According to eyewitnesses, the fire broke out at about 8:30pm in a storage ...  >>MORE

Fire put out at Sharjah dumping site

Posted on 27/05/2007

Fire-fighters have extinguished afire which broke out in a site for dumping industrial and municipal waste in Sharjah. The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of abandoned items, mostly plastic, cardboard and used electronics, due to the heat, sending smoke and flame into the air. Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA) took part in fire fighting operation, along with the Sharjah Civil Defence Department. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Flammable construction material triggers Palm Jumeirah blaze

Posted on 07/05/2007

Fire broke out in a six-storey building under construction in Palm Jumeirah on Sunday, injuring one man. Firefighting teams evacuated the area and rescued the trapped man. He was taken to a hospital. Dubai Civil Defence operations room received the report at 3.57pm. When teams arrived at 4.12pm, they found heavy smoke coming out of the last basement level, which was being used as a warehouse for flammable construction material. More than 20 cars were removed from the site. A statement ...  >>MORE

Warehouses gutted in huge fire

Posted on 04/04/2007

The emirate yesterday witnessed one of the biggest fires in recent years as warehouses, partly used as labour accommodation, went up in flames, said a senior police official. The fire that broke out in Industrial Area No 13 caused extensive damage and continued late into the night. No injuries were reported. Police said the labourers used part of the premises as kitchens, oblivious of the potential hazards. Brigadier Saleh Ali Al Mutawa, Sharjah Police Chief said the fire, which started ...  >>MORE

Warehouse gutted in Al Quoz Industrial Area

Posted on 02/04/2007

A warehouse was gutted and three others were partly burned down yesterday morning in Al Quoz Industrial Area, a Civil Defence spokesperson said. No injuries were reported. The fire broke out in a warehouse which stocked paint and construction materials and spread to the surrounding warehouses. The random storage system in the warehouse hindered fire-fighters from extinguishing the blaze quickly. Civil Defence teams from Al Quoz, Jumeirah and Al Karama put out the fire by 7.30am. (Gulf ...  >>MORE

Fire hits car park under construction

Posted on 25/03/2007

A fire broke out in a car park under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road yesterday morning, originating from a makeshift canteen on the site, according to officials and workers. Thick plumes of smoke were seen coming from the multi-storey Damas Towers car park at around 11am, but the fire was quickly brought under control. According to Dubai Civil Defence officials, the fire broke out in a wooden container used as a canteen by labourers, on the ground floor of the building, with no injuries ...  >>MORE

Under construction building catches fire on Sheikh Zayed Road

Posted on 20/03/2007

The top three floors of a 29-storied under construction building on Sheikh Zayed Road caught fire early this morning . According to some eyewitnesses near the scene, the fire is estimated to have erupted at around 6.30 am. They said the building is located next to Khalid Al Attar building on Sheikh Zayed Road and opposite to the Emirate Towers . Eyewitnesses also said that debris was falling from the building on fire. Fire fighters and police arrived on the scene and were still fighting the ...  >>MORE

Huge blaze ravages paper recycling site

Posted on 20/03/2007

A huge blaze broke out at a site for recycling paper in Al Quoz Industrial area number 3 behind Al Ghurair University yesterday. No injuries were reported in the fire. A Civil Defence spokesperson said they received the report at 4.30pm and teams from Al Quoz, Al Rashidiya, Al Ghusais and Al Hamriyah centres went to the site of the fire. The wind fanned the blaze, which made dousing operations difficult. Fire-fighters battled the blaze and brought it under control by 8pm. He said the ...  >>MORE

Car goes up in flames

Posted on 15/03/2007

A car was gutted off Sheikh Zayed Road yesterday afternoon. Police said the driver, a student, had got out of the car and was not injured. Panic spread in the area, but many passers-by tried to extinguish the blaze. Some motorists slowed down to watch the scene, causing a traffic jam. Civil Defence teams doused the fire. The reason for the fire is still unknown, but a police official said the car was old. (Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Fire destroys warehouse

Posted on 25/02/2007

A fire gutted a warehouse in Al Qouz where several lifesaving drugs, medical equipment, cosmetic creams and other pharmaceutical products were stored. The company said the fire will not affect the distribution of any life-saving drug. Eyewitnesses from labour accommodation in the area said they saw black thick smoke rising from the Modern Pharmaceutical Company's warehouse in Al Qouz Industrial area. "It was a big fire and the entire warehouse was gutted. Modern Pharmaceuticals ...  >>MORE

Flame welding blamed for deadly tower blaze

Posted on 02/02/2007

Police have solved the mystery of Fortune Tower fire which left two workers dead and dozens injured last month. Flame welding was the main cause behind a fire that broke out at Fortune Tower on January 18, a senior police official said yesterday. There were about 300 workers in the 35-storey tower when the fire broke out. The fire started at 12.30pm and soon plumes of smoke billowed from Fortune Tower, a commercial building located in the Jumeirah Lake Tower development on Shaikh Zayed ...  >>MORE

Huge fire destroys furniture factory

Posted on 26/09/2006

A massive fire Sunday night destroyed a furniture factory in industrial area number 6, but no one was injured, police said. The factory had not been abiding by safety rules, they added. "The inspection committee had issued a final warning to the owner of the factory because they were not adhering to safety regulations and the factory lacked the basic safety equipment," said Brigadier Saleh Ali Al Mutawa, Sharjah Police Chief. The factory's losses have been estimated at Dh7 million. The ...  >>MORE

Fire sweeps through Sharjah mattress factory

Posted on 03/07/2006

Firefighters struggled for more than four hours to put out a factory fire in Sharjah industrial area No.10 on Sunday. No one was injured. The massive fire ravaged the Al Safeer Group-owned Show Racks Factory, manufacturers of the Sleep Ezze range of mattresses. Hundreds of people gathered to watch as fire crews from Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai and the armed forces arrived to tackle the blaze. More than 10 engines were deployed. Brigadier Saleh Al Mutawa, Chief of Sharjah police, said the ...  >>MORE

Firefighters battle blaze at Sharjah waste dump

Posted on 08/06/2006

Firefighters battled for more than 10 hours to contain a massive fire that broke out at a waste dump in Al Saja'a area in Sharjah yesterday. No casualties were reported. The waste dump, behind the Sharjah Cement Factory, contained huge quantities of home waste, rubber waste and tyres that stoked the fire even further. Sharjah Municipality workers rushed to the scene to try and put out the blaze but failed to contain the fire as it grew out of control. The fire started around 2am but was ...  >>MORE

Four shops in Dubai gutted by blazing inferno

Posted on 22/05/2006

Dubai Civil Defence battled for nine hours late last night to bring a fire in Umm Ramool under control. Colonel Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, the head of Dubai Civil Defence, said: "The Operations Department of Dubai Police was informed that a fire had broken out in five big stores in Umm Ramool. "Four of them were totally destroyed in the fire… The fifth store was partially destroyed.” "No one was injured or killed in the fire, which started at 9pm after all the workers had gone home,” he said. ...  >>MORE

Fire destroys warehouse in Sharjah

Posted on 07/02/2006

A fire gutted a warehouse yesterday in Al Nahda and also destroyed a container trailer parked outside, witnesses said. The police said there were no casualties but the loss could run up into hundreds of thousands of dirhams. Fire-fighters fought the blaze which started in the morning. One commuter called Gulf News at 6.45am to say there was a huge plume of smoke rising from the industrial area. Witnesses said the area around the warehouse, opposite the Day to Day Store in the popular ...  >>MORE

Fire sweeps through Sharjah housing unit

Posted on 31/01/2006

Another fire swept through a housing complex in Sharjah yesterday, destroying one property and burning resident's personal possessions. No one was injured in the blaze that broke out in the Yarmook area of the district yesterday afternoon. The complex housed employees of Sharjah TV and was occupied by seven single men and nine families. A fire engine from the Civil Defence and one from the emergency unit were sent to the area. "It took the fire fighters about 45 minutes to put out the ...  >>MORE

Fire razes plastic recycling plant

Posted on 12/01/2006

Fire-fighters fought for hours to put out a raging fire at a plastic recycling plant yesterday which police suspect could have been caused by workers cooking sacrificial meat. The fire started at about 1.30pm and immediately a thick pall of smoke rose from the plant at Industrial Area No 5 and could be seen as far away as the Garhoud Bridge in Dubai. The brother of the owner of the plant said the loss is huge. "The stock itself was worth about Dh2 million," he said, not wishing to be ...  >>MORE

Fireworks-laden boat sinks after blaze on board

Posted on 17/10/2005

A fireworks-laden wooden boat sank after catching fire at 8.30am yesterday morning, just before it was supposed to set sail to Iran. The civil defence and a naval rescue unit involving 22 firefighters, three fire engines, and two firefighting boats were put into service to fight the fire. The financial loss from the fire is estimated at Dh500,000. "The dhow was fully loaded. The fire spread very fast and loud bangs were heard as the blaze spread," said a civil defence official. He said the ...  >>MORE

Massive blaze guts dhow in Sharjah

Posted on 20/09/2005

A huge fire ravaged a dhow in the Sharjah Khor in Al Murajah yesterday, but no one was injured, civil defence said. The cause of the blaze is not known yet, and the damage has not been estimated. An official said the fire started at about 5am. The wooden dhow was loaded with 750 tonnes of various kinds of goods such as tyres, plastic toys and textiles. Witnesses said a large crowd gathered in the area to watch as the boat was engulfed in flames. Police had to cordon off the road as the ...  >>MORE

Oasis Centre in Dubai gutted by fire

Posted on 10/09/2005

A fire set ablaze the Oasis Centre off Sheikh Zayed Road early on Friday morning. At least 50 fire-fighters responded to the call. They did not enter the building, fearing explosions or that the roof might collapse. Colonel Rashid Al Matroushi, Chief of Dubai Civil Defence, said the fire broke out at the front of the mall, which at 3:30am was a bare shell. Oasis Centre which houses shops such as Splash, Petland and Home Centre. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Special team saves three lives

Posted on 24/08/2005

The Quick Intervention Team at the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence has saved the lives of two UAE nationals from suffocation after they were trapped in a fire in the Powerhouse area in Abu Dhabi. The team used modern ventilation devices to clear the heavy smoke resulting from the fire, and managed to get them out and save their lives. First Lieutenant Raed Ali Khamis of the Civil Defence Department said the team was sent immediately after receiving a report of the incident. The team also saved a UAE ...  >>MORE

Karama building gutted in fire

Posted on 25/06/2005

A massive fire erupted in a building in Karama, Dubai, early morning today, a Civil Defence official said. Colonel Rashid Al Matroushi, Director of Civil Defence, said there were no casualties and the building was evacuated before the fire was brought under control. The building contained 12 apartments and 21 shops. Eyewitnesses said the fire started at around 12.40am on one of the signboards before engulfing the building. The entire area was covered in thick black smoke. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Blaze reduces Ras Al Khor offices to rubble

Posted on 11/05/2005

More than 50 offices were destroyed in a fire early yesterday morning in Ras Al Khor. The Dubai police operation room heard about the fire at 3.26am, and the civil defence team arrived at the scene within seven minutes. Speaking to Gulf News, Colonel Rashid Al Matroushi, director of Dubai Civil Defence, said it was a record response time. "The team was able to control the fire and stop it from spreading to the other warehouses and offices," he said. The fire destroyed the offices of Al ...  >>MORE

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Warehouses gutted in Al Jaddaf area


Massive fire engulfs foam factory in Ajman


Fire ravages 20 Portakabins in Dubai


Flames consume 2 warehouses in Sharjah, no casualties reported


Fire razes 3 factories in Sharjah


Another fire in Jebel Ali


Blaze at chemical facility in Jebel Ali to be investigated


Fire in Jebel Ali port triggers blasts


Losses from Sharjah port fire yet to be estimated, says official


Sharjah's cargo port reopens for shipping after fire


Fears of major port oil spill allayed


Heroes of the inferno


Saif bin Zayed praises Civil Defence


Fire-fighters battled massive fire at Sharjah's Port Khalid


Blaze destroys Jebel Ali worker accommodation


Massive fire put out at paints factory in Sharjah


Fire killed eight in first five months of year


Blaze ravages popular marketplace in Al Ain


Fire put out at Sharjah dumping site


Flammable construction material triggers Palm Jumeirah blaze


Warehouses gutted in huge fire


Warehouse gutted in Al Quoz Industrial Area


Fire hits car park under construction


Under construction building catches fire on Sheikh Zayed Road


Huge blaze ravages paper recycling site


Car goes up in flames


Fire destroys warehouse


Flame welding blamed for deadly tower blaze


Huge fire destroys furniture factory


Fire sweeps through Sharjah mattress factory


Firefighters battle blaze at Sharjah waste dump


Four shops in Dubai gutted by blazing inferno


Fire destroys warehouse in Sharjah


Fire sweeps through Sharjah housing unit


Fire razes plastic recycling plant


Fireworks-laden boat sinks after blaze on board


Massive blaze guts dhow in Sharjah


Oasis Centre in Dubai gutted by fire


Special team saves three lives


Karama building gutted in fire


Blaze reduces Ras Al Khor offices to rubble