WATCH: Ajman Ruler lauds civil defence for tower fire operation

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WATCH: Ajman Ruler lauds civil defence for tower fire operation

Ajman - Shaikh Humaid orders to provide all necessary assistance to affected people; accommodate them in hotels until a suitable housing is arranged for them.

By Reuters/Wam

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Published: Tue 29 Mar 2016, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Mar 2016, 9:16 PM

Firefighters brought under control a fire that broke out at a residential tower in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the city civil defence said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of blazes in the country's high-rise buildings.
Local media said that five people were treated on the spot for injuries from the fire which broke out late at night on Monday at the Ajman One, a residential cluster of 12 towers. Fire gutted at least two towers.
Residents of towers were evacuated and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.
"Civil defence teams have brought the residential tower fire under control and they are still at the scene conducting cooling off operations," the civil defence said in a message on its Twitter account.
The civil defence made no mention of any casualties from the blaze.
A video posted online by police showed burning debris falling from the building, as police cordoned off roads leading to the site.
It was at least the fourth major high-rise fire in the UAE in three years. Last New Year's Eve, a blaze hit a downtown hotel in Dubai; in February last year, fire broke out at a 79-storey hotel in Dubai, and in November 2012, a 34-storey Dubai residential building was partially gutted.

In some of those cases, experts said the speed at which the fires spread may have been due to the use of flammable cladding on the buildings' exteriors for decoration or insulation.
Ajman Ruler lauds operation
HH Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has toured the fire site which broke out in a tower complex in Ajman's Al Sawan area.
Ruler of Ajman was accompanied by Shaikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Municipality and planning Department.
Brigadier Saleh Saeed Al Matrooshi, Director-General of Ajman Civil Defence, briefed Sheikh Humaid about the firefighting operation and efforts involved in dousing off the fire.
The Ruler hailed the efforts made by Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, for directly supervising and following up the fire extinguishing operation.
Shaikh Humaid expressed his thanks and appreciation to all authorities including civil defence and other security departments from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain for their participation in the firefighting operation.
Shaikh Humaid ordered to provide all necessary means of comfort to affected people and accommodate them in Ajman hotels until finding a suitable housing for them.

Shaikh Ammar bin Humaid, Crown Prince of Ajman and Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed oversaw the operations of the fire scene.
Shaikh Ammar bin Humaid, Crown Prince of Ajman and Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed oversaw the operations of the fire scene.


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