Cause of fire in dhows yet to be determined

Cause of fire in dhows yet to be determined

DUBAI — The Dubai Civil Defence, on Sunday said investigations are still on to determine the cause of a fire which gutted two dhows at Dubai Creek on Saturday night.


Amira Agarib

Published: Mon 20 Feb 2012, 8:54 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:42 PM

Civil Defence teams had put out the fire and rushed an Indian man who was in the dhow, to Rashid Hospital. The police received information about the fire at 7.56pm and they immediately rushed to the spot. It took four hours to control the fire, after which the cooling operations began.

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Brigadier Ahmed Al Sayegh, Deputy Director of the Dubai Civil Defence for Rescue Operation, said that teams from five civil defence stations managed to control the fire from spreading. The man in the dhow was also rescued with moderate injuries before it exploded. The two dhows and its contents comprising, cars, tyres, electronics, textile and other flammable material, were fully gutted.

Al Sayegh said that investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire. He added that the fire started in a dhow anchored along the creek and strong winds caused it to spread to the nearby dhow.

Major Juma bin Darwish Al Falasi, Director of Rescue Operation of the Dubai Police, explained that the efforts of firefighters and the rescue team in containing the fire should be lauded especially due to the presence of flammable material in the dhows. The rescue teams had to cut the ropes of boats moored to the pavement in order to prevent the fire from spreading.

He pointed out that the Forensic Department of the Dubai Police has not yet determined the cause of the fire.—

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