5 cars gutted, arson suspected in Ras Al Khaimah

The RAK Civil Defence department was first alerted of two cars being set on fire in the yard of a house at the Muairidh area.

By Ahmed Shaaban – Senior Reporter

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Published: Wed 28 Jan 2015, 11:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:32 PM

One of the gutted cars in the Muairidh area, Ras Al Khaimah. — Supplied photo

Ras Al Khaimah: Five cars parked outside the houses of two separate families caught fire mysteriously in Ras Al Khaimah earlier this week. Prima facie, the police suspect foul play in the case.

According to an official source, the RAK Civil Defence department was first alerted of two cars being set on fire in  the yard of a house at the Muairidh area. “The two cars belonged to the same Emirati family and there was no obvious reason for the blaze.”

Fire fighters rushed to the spot and put out the flames, he added. “Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire which broke at 5.55am on Saturday. The accident was referred to the police for further investigation and legal action.”

The same source said the RAK civil defence department was informed of the second fire close to the public park at the Khuzam area early on Sunday at 4.48am. “This time three cars were involved in the fire out of which two were totally gutted.”

Initial investigations showed that the three cars involved in the fire belonged to one Emirati family, he stated. “The fire was put out, and then cooled for 10 minutes.”

He added that the second car fire also appeared to be set on purpose. 

 

Driving schools flouting rules

Meanwhile, the RAK Traffic and Patrols department impounded a number of cars belonging to driving schools for flouting rules. “The cars broke the rule of unicolour and design; a regulation enforced since September 2014.”

 The rule is aimed to better streamline this critical sector and cope with the latest specifications for a more efficient training system, he said. “The unicolour and design regulation is also aimed to win customers’ satisfaction.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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