Villagio mall fire caused by faulty wiring
Qatar's investigation committee isolates cause of fatal blaze
The committee charged with investigating the fire which claimed 19 lives at Doha’s Villagio shopping mall on 28 May has found that electrical wiring was at fault, according to a statement from QNA.
The committee found that faulty wiring within a fluorescent light, on the mezzanine of a Nike store, was the point of origin before the fire spread, via flammable products, within the sporting goods store.
Smoke rapidly spread to the neighbouring Gympanzee nursery, where 13 children, four staff died, along with two fire fighters who attempted rescue.
Further findings of the committee concluded that Gympanzee was not officially licensed as a nursery by the Ministry of Social Affairs and did not have the safety conditions which are mandatory for such a facility. Subsequently, the committee have recommended 11 checks and balances to either prevent or reduce risk of similar incidents occurring in the future.
Among the recommendations is a complete national building listing which will offer direct information on those buildings which are non-compliant with the existing codes.