UAE: 5 injured in massive Ajman factory blaze

The fire was brought under control in seven minutes, with emergency response teams evacuating residents in surrounding areas

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Afkar Ali Ahmed

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Published: Fri 17 Feb 2023, 5:28 PM

Last updated: Sat 18 Feb 2023, 7:51 AM

Five people were injured in the massive blaze that engulfed a lubricant factory in Ajman on Friday morning, the authorities confirmed.

Civil Defence teams from four emirates — including Dubai, Sharjah, and Umm Al Quwain — managed to put the fire under control in seven minutes, with emergency response teams evacuating residents in surrounding areas.

National ambulances attended to the injuries of the five people on the site, before rushing them to the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital. Four people were moderately injured and one suffered a minor injury.

The Ajman authorities said the early-morning blaze gutted the entire factory, a printing press, a warehouse for ready-made clothes, and nine commercial stores.

Photos of the blaze's aftermath also showed charred facades of residential buildings, as well as burnt vehicles.

There were 39 cars parked next to factory which were destroyed, the authorities said.

Maj-Gen Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ajman Police, said they received a report about the fire in the emirate's New Industrial Area at 3.15am.

Specialised teams began evacuating and fighting the fire. The fire spread due to an oil leak, and reached neighbouring buildings.

Considering the scale of the blaze, support was requested from fire stations in neighbouring emirates Dubai, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.

The Union Electricity and Water Company, the Municipality and Planning Department, and the Red Crescent also sent emergency response teams.

Colonel Raed Obaid Al Zaabi, Director General of Ajman Civil Defence, said that the civil defence teams were able to put out the fire and started cooling operations at the site. The police took over the site to investigate the causes of the fire.

Several officials, including the Maj. Gen. Dr. Jassim Mohammed Al Marzougi, UAE Civil Defence Commander in Chief and other top police officers, were present on site.

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Col Raed Obaid Al Zaabi, director-general of the Civil Defence, said cooling operations had already begun at the site.

Among the top officers present at the scene were the Commander-in-Chief of Civil Defence, Maj-Gen Dr Jassim Muhammad Al Marzouqi; Brig-Gen Abdullah Saif Al Matrooshi, director-general of Police Operations; Col Khaled Al-Shamsi Naem, director-general of Civil Defence, and director of the Centres Department, Lt-Col Ailan Al Shamsi from the Civil Defence Department in Ajman, and the director of the Red Crescent.


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