Dubai restaurant gutted in gas leak blast
The explosion was reported from the emirate's Al Qusais neighbourhood at 4am.
A blast caused by a gas leak tore through a restaurant at a residential building in Dubai on Monday morning, police said. No injuries were reported, but two nearby shops, a pharmacy, a salon and three cars were severely damaged.
The explosion was reported from the emirate's Al Qusais neighbourhood at 4am, said Brigadier Abdulhalim Al Hashimi, acting director of the police station in the area. The restaurant, located near Damascus Street, was closed at the time of the incident.
"Dubai Police patrols were immediately dispatched to the scene and worked with Dubai Civil Defense to evacuate residents of the two-storey building as a precautionary measure," Brig Al Hashimi explained.
Preliminary investigations showed that the blast was caused by a gas leak, the officer said. The Crime Scene Department of the General Department of Forensics and Criminology in Dubai is studying the evidence collected from the site and will be preparing the final report on the accident.
Brig Al Hashimi urged restaurant owners to ensure that all safety and security systems at their outlets are in good condition. Regular maintenance checks should also be conducted on all pipes and gas regulators, especially during the summer season.
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