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MISCELLANEOUS - FIRES

Fire in two towers in Abu Dhabi contained

Posted on 31/08/2016

Thirteen people, including ten fire-fighters, suffered from mild suffocation in a fire that broke out on Tuesday in two under-construction buildings in Zahia area in the capital Abu Dhabi. A joint team from the Abu Dhabi Civil Defence and Quick Intervention Unit contained the fire from spilling over to nearby residential buildings and rescued construction workers trapped in the two towers. Lt. Colonel Mohamed Al Ansari, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defence, said the operations room ...  >>MORE

Civil Defence control warehouses fire

Posted on 13/08/2016

The Civil Defence and Rapid Intervention teams on Friday contained a massive fire at two warehouses located behind the Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society branch in Mina area in Abu Dhabi. Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Ansari, Director General of Civil Defence said the Civil Defence and Rapid Intervention teams rushed to the scene upon receiving reports from the Operation Room at 11:15am that a fire had broken out in two warehouses, one containing stationery and the other foodstuff. The teams ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi civil defence put out fire at Baniyas Cooperative Society

Posted on 11/08/2016

Civil defence and rapid-intervention teams today put out a blaze that gutted three shops in the building of Baniyas Cooperative Society, on the road between Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The fire destroyed the three shops but no casualties were reported. Lt. Colonel Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Ansari, Director General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defence, said teams rushed to the scene immediately after the fire started at 4.45 p.m. local time and prevented the fire from spreading to neighbouring buildings. Al ...  >>MORE

Dubai firefighters put out Sulafa Tower fire; no injuries reported

Posted on 21/07/2016

Civil defence teams in Dubai put out a fire at the 70-storey Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina in two hours. Director-General of Dubai Civil Defence, Major General Rashid Thani Rashid Al Matroushi, stated that no one was injured in the fire and that all residents were evacuated. The fire did not cause major damage because it broke out at the corners of the residential building. He added that the blaze, which is believed to have started on the 60th floor of the residential skyscraper, spread out ...  >>MORE

Firefighters douse blaze at six warehouses in Ajman Industrial Area

Posted on 05/07/2016

Firefighters in the emirate of Ajman yesterday brought under control a fire that razed six warehouses in the Industrial Area in the emirate of Ajman. No casualties were reported in the incident. Civil defence crews from Umm Al Qaiwain and Sharjah helped in dousing the blaze in around 40 minutes in the early hours of the morning, head of media and public relations department at the General Directorate of Civil Defence of Ajman, Colonel Nasser Al Zari, said. Worker accommodations near to the ...  >>MORE

Fire in Ajman factory fire brought under control

Posted on 08/05/2016

Teams of the General Directorate of Ajman Civil Defence yesterday put out the fire that had broken out in a fibreglass factory in Ajman's industrial area. No casualties were reported. Colonel Nasser Rashid Al Ziri, director of the media and public relations department of Ajman Civil Defence, said the operation room received a report on Saturday that a fire had broken out in a fibreglass factory in Ajman's industrial area. Responding to the call, civil defence and early intervention vehicles ...  >>MORE

Big clean-up begins in Ajman after blaze

Posted on 30/03/2016

A clean-up was under way on Tuesday after a blaze engulfed residential towers. The fire in Ajman on Monday night, the biggest in the emirate's history, started in the 26-storey Tower Eight at the Ajman One development, a cluster of 12 buildings in the Sowan area, at about 9pm, before spreading to Tower Six, said Col Nasser Al Zari, head of media and public relations at Ajman Civil Defence. On Tuesday morning, the streets below the building were littered with charred and warped aluminium ...  >>MORE

Ammar Al Nuaimi, Saif bin Zayed oversee firefighting operations at Ajman tower complex

Posted on 29/03/2016

H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior oversaw this evening efforts by the civil defence to put out fire which broke out in a tower complex in Ajman's Al Sawan area. The firefighting teams, headed by the Director General of Ajman Civil Defence Brigadier Saleh Al Matroushi, moved to the scene immediately and started the firefighting and evacuation operations. Efforts ...  >>MORE

Minister of Interior oversees firefighting operation at Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club

Posted on 08/03/2016

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, was personally at the site of a fire that broke out at dawn at Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club, to oversee the emergency procedures. No deaths were reported after the fire broke out in two boats and engulfed six other moored boats in the marina, at Abu Dhabi Breakwater Firefighters managed to stop the flames from spreading 211 boats and 23 jet skis in the area. At the site, Sheikh Saif made sure ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid visits Address Downtown hotel fire site

Posted on 03/01/2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has visited the site where a fire broke out in The Address Downtown hotel, Dubai on December 31st. Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, praised emergency services for their efficient work in putting out the fire - which did not claim any lives - thanking firefighters, rescue and ambulance teams for their ...  >>MORE

Address fire: Mohammed lauds civil services operation

Posted on 02/01/2016

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Friday praised the efforts of firefighters, policemen and paramedics for their all-out efforts in containing the massive fire which raged through The Address Downtown Dubai hotel on New Year's Eve. "You have held our heads high and proved your competence to the world,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. "Thanks to the sincere sons of the UAE.” He also voiced his appreciation to the ...  >>MORE

Team's quick action, efficiency helped contain The Address fire

Posted on 02/01/2016

Dubai Civil Defence said that cooling procedures are still underway after the blaze at The Address Downtown Dubai hotel was brought under control and prevented from spreading to other buildings. It said an investigation is being conducted to ascertain the causes of the accident. Dubai Civil Defence said the fire broke out at around 9:00 pm on Thursday and the initial information indicates that it originated from the 20th floor of the hotel. All information about the accident will be published ...  >>MORE

Fire crews finish the job in Dubai hotel blaze

Posted on 02/01/2016

Firefighters worked to contain small pockets of fire at The Address Downtown Dubai hotel yesterday after Thursday night's blaze engulfed the 63-storey building. Civil Defence workers perched on a ladder and trained jets of water at the flames, and teams inside the hotel checked sections of the structure where 16 people were injured on New Year's Eve. Plumes of dark smoke poured from the building yesterday morning while flames were seen in the lower part of the building in the afternoon. On ...  >>MORE

14 suffer minor injuries as fire breaks out in Address Hotel Downtown Dubai

Posted on 01/01/2016

A massive fire broke out in the Address Downtown hotel a few hours before the spectacular New year fireworks were to begin at midnight yesterday. The fire started on the 20th floor of the hotel from the outside and spread to the upper storeys. Firefighting teams managed to control 80 per cent of the fire in a record time by 10.30pm to ensure the New Year party continued. Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police Chief, said once the firefighting efforts are completed, the teams ...  >>MORE

Workers evacuated after major fire in Dubai factory

Posted on 08/12/2015

A major fire broke out in a factory on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road on Monday. No casualties were reported in the fire that was reported around 1pm. The blaze broke out in the Bin Hareb factory that is situated behind Al Futtaim Motors. Black smoke that billowed from the site was visible from as far as Al Khail Road. Fire brigades from four civil defence stations rushed to the factory, where workers were evacuated. Strong winds fanned the fire, officials said. The blaze was brought under ...  >>MORE

Six hurt in Mussaffah supermarket fire

Posted on 06/11/2015

Six people were injured when a fire broke out in the storerooms of a supermarket in Mussaffah Industrial Area on Thursday morning. An Abu Dhabi Civil Defence rapid intervention crew, supervised by Maj Gen Jassim Al Marzouqi, head of Civil Defence, fought and contained the fire. Gen Al Marzouqi said that once they were notified by the operations room, teams prevented the fire from spreading. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment. He said an investigation was under way to determine ...  >>MORE

UAE Red Crescent to provide temporary accommodation

Posted on 03/10/2015

At least 250 families have been rendered homeless by a massive fire that engulfed a 32-storey building on King Faisal Street in Sharjah on Thursday. The fire broke out around noontime and, according to residents of the building, the fire alarms failed to go off. Residents were alerted by smoke and screams of people. A seven-year-old girl, who was alone in her flat as her parents were away, was later rescued by civil defence personnel. "My daughter was back from school and when the fire ...  >>MORE

Massive fire erupts in Sharjah high-rise tower

Posted on 02/10/2015

A massive fire erupted at Nasser Tower on King Fasial Street in Sharjah around 1.37pm on Thurscay. Around 250 families were evacuated from the 32-storey building which consists of 26 residential floors and six levels of car parking. The fire was brought under control two hours after civil defence received the first fire alert. Police cordoned off the area and diverted traffic to safer lanes. The cause of the fire is yet to be established. The right side of the building was almost entirely ...  >>MORE

Warehouses go up in flames in Dubai blaze

Posted on 06/08/2015

A cluster of warehouses in Umm Ramool caught fire on Wednesday afternoon, with eyewitnesses saying that as many as four warehouses were damaged. Five teams of firefighters battled what appeared to be a major industrial blaze, said eyewitnesses. "We had to move all our cars and park them on the opposite side of the street so they wouldn't catch fire. Two warehouses have already been gutted by the fire but people have been saying it has spread to as many as four,” said Mohammad, an Egyptian who ...  >>MORE

Five fire stations battle massive Dubai blaze

Posted on 27/07/2015

Fire brigades from five Civil Defence stations battled a massive fire that broke out in a warehouse in Ras Al Khor area in Dubai on Sunday. Eleven warehouses were gutted in the blaze, officials said. No casualties were reported in the fire that broke out at 11am. The blaze was brought under control five hours after it was reported, said officials. The fire was reported in a warehouse that stored flammable materials like paint and cargo materials. Forty firemen from Ras Al Khor, Karama, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek blaze visible ‘for miles’

Posted on 14/07/2015

Part of Dubai Creek was engulfed in smoke and flames on Monday afternoon after three dhows caught fire. Tyres, blankets, plastic items and boxes of food – all on the jetty – were among the items caught up in the blaze. One sailor was treated at Rashid Hospital for first-degree burns and smoke inhalation, and three firefighters were treated at the scene for dehydration. No serious injuries were reported, although all three boats, which were to take their cargo to Iran, were destroyed. It ...  >>MORE

Massive fire guts Dubai warehouse

Posted on 24/06/2015

A massive fire gutted a row of warehouses in Dubai's Ras Al Khor industrial area overnight on Tuesday. Eye-witnesses and emergency workers said the fire started late on Tuesday night and firefighters were seen battling the flames till the early hours of Wednesday. The flames were put under control by around midnight. An emergency worker reported that there were two casualties, but this could not be immediately confirmed. A putrid smell of burnt tires came from the fire scene. The area that ...  >>MORE

Plastics factory gutted in huge Ajman fire

Posted on 12/06/2015

A huge fire broke out in a plastics factory in Ajman's industrial area, sending a huge plume of smoke up in the sky over the emirate on Thursday. The fire, which broke out at around 10am, caused widespread damage to the warehouse, Colonel Nasser Rashid Al Ziri, Director of media and public relations at Ajman Civil Defence said. Firefighters brought the flames under control and no injuries were reported, Col. Al Ziri added. The factory, located in the emirate's new industrial area, was used ...  >>MORE

Civil defence extinguishes fire at storehouse in Mussaffah

Posted on 17/03/2015

Three firefighters were injured as teams from Abu Dhabi Civil Defence fought to contain a fire that broke out this morning in a storehouse in the Mussaffah industrial area (M13). The firefighters, including two who experienced suffocation, were taken to the nearby Mafraq Hospital for treatment. As soon as the operations room received a fire report at 11:10 am, fire engines rushed to the fire scene and doused the flames. The swift intervention of the civil defence prevented the fire from ...  >>MORE

Firefighters from 3 emirates battle massive Sharjah blaze

Posted on 25/02/2015

Firefighters from three emirates joined forces to battle a massive fire in Sharjah that gutted four warehouses and an auto workshop on Tuesday. The fire reported from Sharjah Industrial Area Number 13 was brought under control in an hour. Losses of over Dh1 million are estimated. The blaze was fanned by inflammable products stored at the warehouses like perfumes, clothes and toys. Fortunately, officials said, no casualties were reported in the fire. Those complaining of suffocation-related ...  >>MORE

10 workers dead in Abu Dhabi building fire

Posted on 21/02/2015

In one of the worst fires in the UAE, 10 people were killed and eight injured in an early morning blaze in the capital's Musaffah area at a local tyre shop located in a two-storey building on Friday. The ground floor had seven stores and one car repair-shop and witnesses say five of the commercial units and the car repair shop were affected by the fire. The blaze spread to the upper level, which was being illegally used as a workers' accommodation, police said. "The 10 individuals who died ...  >>MORE

Massive fire erupts at Torch tower in Dubai Marina

Posted on 21/02/2015

A massive fire that broke out in the Torch tower at Dubai marina early Saturday morning has been brought under control, authorities said. A medical response team said no fatalities were reported. It is not yet clear as to what caused the fire. The blaze started on the 50th floor, a resident said. The Marina Torch is a residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina. The tower is one of the tallest residential building in the world. The tower reaches 336.1 m (1105 ft.) in height with 79 floors ...  >>MORE

Power station fire contained

Posted on 07/01/2015

Emergency and public safety teams of the Abu Dhabi Police put out a fire which broke out yesterday in a power station at Al Muroor road. Major Khalid Hassan Al Shihi, head of the Rescue and Rapid Response at the police, said the fire was doused in less than an hour. "Preliminary investigations showed that the fire broke out due to electrical short circuit. Our teams managed to control the fire before it could spread to other sections," he added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – >>MORE

Fire guts Dubai foam warehouse

Posted on 05/09/2014

A foam warehouse went up in flames early in the afternoon on Thursday in Dubai's Sonapur area. Fire fighters from several stations worked to put out the flames. No injuries have been reported. Mahmood Hamad, spokesperson of Dubai Civil Defence, told Gulf News the fire broke out at about 12.30pm and sent a plume of black smoke which could be seen for kilometres. The blaze created traffic chaos in the area. Firemen and civil defence personnel from Al Rashidya and Al Qusais police officers ...  >>MORE

Third blaze shakes up Sharjah in six days

Posted on 11/05/2014

Firefighters from four emirates battle to put out blaze at auto spare-parts warehouse in Sharjah Industrial Area. Civil Defence Department firefighters were back to work on Saturday morning as yet another fire broke out near the National Paints signal in Sharjah's industrial area around 7am, the third blaze in six days. As flames tore through Moafaq Al Gaddah Trading, a massive warehouse with over 185 containers filled with tyres and other auto spare parts, firefighters from Sharjah, Ajman, ...  >>MORE

Fire guts stores, warehouses in Sharjah industrial area

Posted on 18/02/2014

Workers escaped unhurt as a huge fire ripped through 19 warehouses and stores in Sharjah Industrial Area 12 on Monday night. The fire destroyed warehouses of auto spare parts, metal and aluminium equipment, furniture, garments and some stores of perfume and oils. Labourers in the area fled the scene after trying to douse the fire with buckets of water. The fire is believed to have started at around 9 pm at one of the warehouses before spreading the other buildings. Fire crews battled the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah warehouse fire slows traffic

Posted on 13/12/2013

Thick smoke was seen billowing into the skies covering most of the industrial area. The civil defence team was fighting the fire until evening hours. Traffic moved at a snail's pace as most roads were cordoned off to allow fire fighters easy access. The blaze started at about 3pm and fire fighters from Ajman, Sharjah and Dubai were pressed into action. A top official from the civil defence said once the fire was completely doused, cooling operations would begin and the premises will then be ...  >>MORE

Al Wahda Mall fire: Civil Defence warns shops to follow fire safety regulations

Posted on 05/12/2013

A late night fire that caused the closure of Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi yesterday (Tuesday) has prompted authorities to warn warehouses and shops on fire safety measures. Although there were no casualties, injuries or major damage to the properties, the mall was closed for the day, according to a spokesman of the mall. A decision on reopening would be taken by late evening (Wednesday), he said. The fire erupted in a warehouse for textiles and plastic items late on Tuesday and was immediately ...  >>MORE

Fire breaks out in Dubai warehouse

Posted on 23/09/2013

A major fire broke out on Sunday morning in a vacant warehouse in Dubai's Al Barsha area behind the Traffic Department, near Al Quoz Industrial Area 3. The blaze later spread, engulfing tyre and garment units and a bakery. There were no casualties. The Director of Dubai Civil Defence, Maj. Gen. Rashid Al Thani Al Matroushi, told The Gulf Today that the call on the blaze reached his department at 11:19am, but by 1:30pm, the fire was "still raging.” He said the cause is yet to be identified. ...  >>MORE

Fire near Abu Dhabi Gate City put out

Posted on 15/08/2013

A fire broke out in portacabins adjacent to an under-construction building near Abu Dhabi Gate City yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. Teams from the Abu Dhabi Police Air Wing, Civil Defence, Abu Dhabi Police and ambulances secured the area and guided oncoming traffic. Emergency teams were quickly sent to the scene located within metres of a petrol station. "I was on my way to work when the incident took place. Traffic tailback went back all ...  >>MORE

Huge fire rages at Sharjah scrapyard

Posted on 13/08/2013

A huge fire raged at a scrap yard in Sharjah Industrial Area on Monday. Five Civil Defence teams were needed to tackle the fire and eventually bring it under control. Three other teams from Dubai, Ajman and Umm Al Qaiwain were also at the scene, along with a logistics team from Sharjah Police. Colonel Naser Jumaa Al Hindi of Sharjah Civil Defence told Gulf News there were no causalities in the blaze, which started at 10:50am and burned until at least 1.30pm. Al Hindi added the cause behind ...  >>MORE

Fire destroys factory in Sharjah

Posted on 22/07/2013

A massive fire destroyed a clothes and shoes factory located in Al Hamriya Free Zone in Sharjah on Sunday. The fire started at 6.30pm and continued till 10.45pm. No casualties have been reported. Fire-fighters from civil defence units of Umm Al Qaiwain, Ajman and all Sharjah stations participated in controlling the fire. Brig. Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence said that fire-fighters worked hard to control the fire from spreading to neighbouring warehouses and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to enforce stronger fire safety rules

Posted on 10/06/2013

The Civil Defence department has started intensive inspection and awareness campaigns targeting the commercial and industrial establishments they warned last year to follow fire safety and protection rules. Fines ranging between Dh10,000 to Dh50,000 will be levied if they are found flouting the safety rules and not responding to the warnings issued to them. Brigadier Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence Department, told Gulf News the department had started the ...  >>MORE

New firefighting technology for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/05/2013

The General Directorate of Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi has conducted at the Civil Defence Academy campus a trial for new technique to contain fire. The One Seven system is a completely new, highly efficient compressed air foam extinguishing procedure for fires. It is a highly efficient extinguishing agent which only requires a low quantity of water. It can be applied at fires of any kind. Maximum efficiency providing highest safety. With the safe, fast, reliable, and easy use system , the ...  >>MORE

Power station catches fire in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/04/2013

A blaze in a Mussaffah area power supply station on Wednesday afternoon prompted Civil Defence teams to rush to the scene. The station, which feeds the Musaffah area and other Abu Dhabi city areas with electricity, caught fire at about 4.30pm. No injuries were reported. Three hours later, the Civil Defence team was still cooling down the scene as investigations proceeded. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

2 dead, 3 injured in iron-smelter explosion

Posted on 18/04/2013

An Arab and an Asian man died while 3 were injured after an iron-smelter in Al Gheil Industrial area in Ras Al Khaimah exploded on Tuesday. According to Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al Za'abi, Head of RAK Civil Defence, the operations room received a tip off in the evening reporting that an iron smelter in Al Gheil area had exploded and caused a fire. Three fire fighting teams of Al Taween centre of Fujairah, Kadra centre of RAK and Al Manama centre of Ajman rushed to the spot. The teams ...  >>MORE

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Fire in two towers in Abu Dhabi contained


Civil Defence control warehouses fire


Abu Dhabi civil defence put out fire at Baniyas Cooperative Society


Dubai firefighters put out Sulafa Tower fire; no injuries reported


Firefighters douse blaze at six warehouses in Ajman Industrial Area


Fire in Ajman factory fire brought under control


Big clean-up begins in Ajman after blaze


Ammar Al Nuaimi, Saif bin Zayed oversee firefighting operations at Ajman tower complex


Minister of Interior oversees firefighting operation at Abu Dhabi Marina Yacht Club


Mohammed bin Rashid visits Address Downtown hotel fire site


Address fire: Mohammed lauds civil services operation


Team's quick action, efficiency helped contain The Address fire


Fire crews finish the job in Dubai hotel blaze


14 suffer minor injuries as fire breaks out in Address Hotel Downtown Dubai


Workers evacuated after major fire in Dubai factory


Six hurt in Mussaffah supermarket fire


UAE Red Crescent to provide temporary accommodation


Massive fire erupts in Sharjah high-rise tower


Warehouses go up in flames in Dubai blaze


Five fire stations battle massive Dubai blaze


Dubai Creek blaze visible ‘for miles’


Massive fire guts Dubai warehouse


Plastics factory gutted in huge Ajman fire


Civil defence extinguishes fire at storehouse in Mussaffah


Firefighters from 3 emirates battle massive Sharjah blaze


10 workers dead in Abu Dhabi building fire


Massive fire erupts at Torch tower in Dubai Marina


Power station fire contained


Fire guts Dubai foam warehouse


Third blaze shakes up Sharjah in six days


Fire guts stores, warehouses in Sharjah industrial area


Sharjah warehouse fire slows traffic


Al Wahda Mall fire: Civil Defence warns shops to follow fire safety regulations


Fire breaks out in Dubai warehouse


Fire near Abu Dhabi Gate City put out


Huge fire rages at Sharjah scrapyard


Fire destroys factory in Sharjah


Sharjah to enforce stronger fire safety rules


New firefighting technology for Abu Dhabi


Power station catches fire in Abu Dhabi


2 dead, 3 injured in iron-smelter explosion