Doha mall roof collapse sparks security concerns

Two injured after section of roof collapses at Landmark Mall in Qatar

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A shopping centre’s ceiling caved in in Doha, Qatar, hurting at least two shoppers and raising concerns about mall security.

The mall’s head of security, Ahmed Hassna, was quoted as saying that two people, including a baby, had been hurt in the incident.

Chunks of plaster fell down on a busy open area in Landmark Mall, just outside Starbucks Cafe and Argo Tea Cafe, not far from the children’s play area and food court, in the second major incident at the same mall, in less than two years.

Shoppers in the mall said the incident frightened them but security personnel were quick to take control of the situation.

“There was a lot of debris on the floor,” Anna Kennedy told Doha News. She recalls she was exiting the food court when a loud crash startled her.

Another shopper added: “When I was walking out [of the mall] the fire alarm started,” Emma Louise Kennedy said.

“I started to run out but no-one even moved. Everyone seemed to make their way to where the accident was.”

“There was a lot of debris on the floor and people were watching over from Opera cafe. I don’t believe anyone was hurt, not that I had seen; I think people had just got a fright.

“The security were great, they got everyone away from the area and were quick in doing so. Then the alarms went off and everyone was ushered out of the mall.”

It was almost a year ago, on April 2013, when a similar incident happened in the same mall when the ceiling of the nearby Haagen Dazs ice cream shop collapsed. While no one was injured during that incident, which occurred during the early hours of a weekday morning, in May 2012, 19 people, including 13 children, died when a fire broke out at Villagio Mall, owned by the same company that controls Landmark Mall.

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