Apartment roof collapses in Ajman, two seriously injured

The police took the owner of the building under custody who claimed the victims did not inform him that their apartment needed maintenance.



By Afkar Abdullah/principal Correspondent

Published: Wed 24 Jun 2015, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

Owner of the building taken into custody

 

Ajman - A 56-year-old Palestinian mother and her 27-year-old son received serious injuries after roof of their apartment collapsed and fell on them. The incident happened on the second floor of the building located on Khalifa Road in Ajman.

The pieces of cement concrete fell while the woman was offering Ramadan midnight prayer and the son was sleeping.

Both of them were rushed to Khalifa Hospital for treatment on an ambulance. The hospital staff said that the woman suffered fracture in the legs, head and other parts of her body and while her son suffered the fracture in his all parts of the body.

Colonel Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, from operation room at Ajman Police said that they receive a call about the incident at 3 am and they dispatched ambulance which rushed them to the hospital for treatment.

He said that the apartment consisted of 3 bed rooms, two bath, kitchen and a hall. The woman and her son are the only tenants of the apartment.

The police took the owner of the building under custody who claimed the victims did not inform him that their apartment needed maintenance.

Mohammed Amir, another son of the woman, said that his mother and brother who live in the apartment did not notice any cracks in the walls or the roof that indicated the roof would fall.

“The roof fell all on a sudden on them. My brother was sleeping and mother was praying,“ he said.

He said that the negligence of owner could have caused death of his mother and brother. He said that the building is old and dilapidated due to lack of periodical maintenance. Owner of the building provide them with alternative apartment of the same size and pledge that he would provide maintenance to the apartment.

Speaking to khaleej Times, official at the municipality said that inspection committee will inspect the whole building to determine whether is safe for living or not. If found dangerous, the municipality will take action to protect the safety of tenants, he added. -afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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