Fire destroys library in Ras Al Khaimah school, no casualties

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Fire destroys library in Ras Al Khaimah school, no casualties

According to some students, the fire started at an air-conditioning unit, and spread from there.

By Ahmed Shaaban (senior Reporter)

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Published: Sun 31 May 2015, 6:32 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:47 PM

Ras Al Khaimah: The RAK firefighters have managed to put out a massive fire that broke out in a school library in the city.

According to an official at the RAK civil defence department, the blaze broke out in the library of Al Hamham Secondary School for girls at Al Daqdaqa area around 11.25 am on Sunday morning.

'Two squads of professional and highly qualified firefighters managed to reach the site in a record time after being alerted by the central operations room of the RAK police.'

It took them few minutes to completely put out the fire and contain the flames. However, they spent two more hours to cool down the library so that it does not go up in flames again.

'Though the fire has totally destroyed the library, as well as the books, shelves and tables, luckily no casualties were reported in the inferno.'

Elaborating, he said the firefighters used water and foam to put out the blaze and heavy smoke could be seen from a long distance. “The high flames, which were about to spread to the nearby classrooms, were put out in time.”

The same official said investigations are afoot to identify the reasons behind the fire, and the incident case has been referred to the bodies concerned in the RAK police for due legal procedures.

Nonetheless, some students said the library went on fire due to a short circuit in the air conditioner because of the hot weather. “Some smoke first appeared at the AC device, following which the fire erupted and quickly spread to the whole library.”

Few days back, the RAK firefighters had put out a massive fire that erupted in a carpentry workshop at the Muaireedh area close to the Hadaf roundabout in the Ras Al Khaimah city to the north of the country.

Also, a huge fire broke out last week in the Shahrazad ballroom of Al Boom wedding hall on the Shaikh Mohammed bin Salem Road, locally known as Wakalat Road, at Al Dheit South. The hall was totally gutted, but fortunately without human casualties.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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