Fire spreads panic in Al Ain

AL AIN — A major fire in the Shaikh Shaey bin Hamed building, near the Al Ain Clock Tower, spread panic and chaos as smoke billowed out of the residential complex and brought all traffic to a halt in the vicinity. However, no casualties were reported.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Fri 31 Mar 2006, 11:22 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ahmed Saeed, the Al Ain Civil Defence investigator, said the fire broke out at about 10.15am in a kitchen in one of the flats in the building, adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank.

He added that Ammar Mohammed Abdul Rahman, a Palestinian, occupies this flat along with other members of his family. As soon as the civil defence and Al Ain Police received the fire-alert call, rescue teams were rushed to the scene to try and bring the blaze under control and to offer first aid to victims.

All the residents were immediately evacuated. "Both Nima Salama, a 35 year-old Egyptian, and Mohammed Aben, a 30-year old Sri Lankan, who fell unconscious due to the heavy smoke which covered the building were taken to the Al Ain Hospital for emergency medical treatment. It is learnt that there were possibly 10 persons trapped in the building when the fire broke out.

The police estimate that the fire has resulted in a loss of about Dh55,000 in terms of damage to property and material goods.

Saeed stated that a total of 294 fire accidents were reported in Al Ain last year.

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