Fires raise fear of safety norms

AL AIN — The fires that broke out in many electricity stations recently in Al Ain city have raised questions about the safety measures at these installations.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Wed 8 Mar 2006, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:27 PM

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Ahmed Saeed, an investigator from Al Ain Civil Defence Department said that the power station fires have become a disturbing trend for both people and authorities.

Saeed said that the fire that broke out on Monday at the Electricity Complex of Al Jimi Major Station had resulted in losses worth Dh5000.

''The incident occurred at 10:00am in the station which is a part of Al Ain Distribution Company's units,'' he added.

The second fire occurred at the electricity complex of a group of villas of the UAE National Ali Amir Al Ahbaby around 2:50pm.

The civil defence has repaired the damage that resulted from the fires. The first outbreak of fire was on February 15 at the fire station No: T 16, located between Khalifa Street and Oud Al Touba Street on Wednesday. This had led to a power failure in the three buildings at Oud Al Touba Street.

As the power failure lasted for nearly four hours, businessmen in firms located in the three buildings were forced to stay outdoors till electricity was restored. People in the building called Al Ain Police and Civil Defence and the Emergency Unit of Al Ain Distributing Company for help.

Al Ain city has recently witnessed another phenomena of malfunctioning of the lifts which trapped people inside for hours.

Saeed noted that two incidents of stoppage of lifts have occurred in one week.

Sajid Ali Tareq, a 20-year old Pakistani national and Saju Korateem, 30-year old Indian, were stuck in a lift for several hours at Al Mashreq Bank located on the main street inside Al Ain, on Saturday, said Saeed. He highlighted that a Syrian man, Ahmed Samir, aged 24, was caught in the same predicament when the lift of the Agriculture Ministry stopped suddenly.

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