10 charred to death in massive villa blaze

A massive blaze gutted a two-storied villa complex housing labourers, killing at least 10 and injuring dozens on Tuesday morning. All the labourers hailed from Karim Nagar district in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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Published: Wed 27 Aug 2008, 2:39 AM

Last updated: Wed 14 Jun 2023, 8:29 AM

Police initially said seven people were burnt to death in the inferno at about 5.30am. Later, three more bodies were recovered from the wreckage. All the bodies have been shifted to Dubai Police morgue.

Sniffing dogs and firefighters were brought to the scene to recover the bodies.


A firefighter said the bodies were difficult to find as all of them had been charred and were on the top floor of the villa complex.

Civil Defence officials said they rushed to the spot soon after the fire was reported but could not rescue the men trapped on the second floor of the building.


'We are investigating into the cause of the fire. Our experts are on the spot. Efforts are on to find the missing people,' said Brig. Abdul Jaleel Mahdi, Deputy Director of Preventive Security at Dubai Police.

'The fire broke out when most of the men were sleeping. This caused the high causality,' added Brig. Mahdi.

'We cordoned off the area soon after the fire erupted and all the people from the neighbouring villa complex were evacuated immediately,' said a Civil Defence official on the spot.

Meanwhile, relatives and friends of the victims gathered in the vicinity, anxious to find any information about their relatives.

Indian consulate officials visited the spot and promised all necessary support to the families of the deceased.

Here's what readers say...

Where can the labourers go and stay with Dh600 -700 salary? Bachelors can not get accommodation everywhere and where they get, they have to pay very high rent which they can not afford. So they are forced to stay 15-20 people in 1 room.... Very sad ..... There is no room for bachelors where 60 percent working population are bachelors..

- Zenith, Dubai.


Fire in Dubai has become a very common happening in these days. As far as the facility of workers is concerned, there needs to be a better safety arrangement to be planned in order to avoid similar incidents in the future. It was quite embarrassing to read that 500 people are housed at 30 rooms! The frequent happenings of such accidents signal the ignorance of basic safety requirements to be followed in residential and commercial buildings, particularly in large labour facilities.

- Ramachandran Nair, Ruwi, Oman.


Fire in Dubai has become a very common happening in these days. As far as the facility of workers is concerned, there needs to be a better safety arrangement to be planned in order to avoid similar incidents in the future. It was quite embarrassing to read that 500 people are housed at 30 rooms! The frequent happenings of such accidents signal the ignorance of basic safety requirements to be followed in residential and commercial buildings, particularly in large labour facilities.

- Ramachandran Nair, Ruwi, Oman.


Sad situation!! May god bless them all!!! Government should take careful steps for further betterment. Labourers should be given more education regarding safety measures in matters like gas cylinders especially! Companies concerned should check the labour camps. Labourers should be given consideration which is never found as much! This was really a sad situation.

- Malika, Sharjah.



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