Big fire breaks out at Sharjah’s landfill site

SHARJAH — A big fire broke out yesterday in Sharjah Municipality's landfill located behind a cement factory in the Al Sajja area of Sharjah.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Wed 7 Jun 2006, 9:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:20 PM

The landfill comprised domestic waste, plastic and car tyres, as well as other types of factory garbage and wastes.

The fire started at about 2am and continued until 6am. The Sharjah Municipality officials immediately alerted the Civil Defence personnel when they realised that the fire could not be easily contained.

Officials from the Civil Defence told Khaleej Times that when their team arrived on the spot, they saw the fire was spreading fast. They immediately informed the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) to disconnect the electricity supply to all establishments in the vicinity.

The Sharjah Civil Defence team, assisted by Civil Defence personnel from Ajman and Dubai and the armed forces team, succeeded in bringing the fire under control in an impressive display of their fire-fighting skills.

A source from Sharjah police said that the area was covered by thick clouds of smoke and the paramedic unit of Sharjah Police was also alerted. However, no casualties were reported.

The Sharjah Municipality official told the police that the fire broke out following a loud explosion in the solid waste section of the landfill which has a capacity of holding 4,000 tons of waste daily. The cause of the fire is suspected to be a reaction between some inflammable chemicals and some solid waste materials due to the high summer temperature.

He added that more than 40 trucks and heavy cranes and earth movers of the municipality were used in building sand barriers to prevent the fire from spreading to the nearby residential areas and factories.

In another fire which broke out in Sharjah, on Monday, in a residential apartment of Manal Building on Al Zahra Street, the entire kitchen was gutted. No casualty was reported, but there was some damage to property.

The residents of a five-storey building near the Al Zahra Hospital were evacuated by the Civil Defence as a precautionary measure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. But it is suspected that a gas leak might have caused it.

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