Five-hour Deira fire suspends Dubai Metro
A fire broke out at three residential buildings in Deira, halting Dubai Metro services and leaving hundreds homeless
A fire which broke out in a residential building in Dubai's Deira area suspended Dubai Metro services on Monday, 23 November, 2015.
The fire started at 5pm in a building at Salah Al Deen near Muraqqabat Police Station.
Three blocks of Al Shamsi Building were destroyed by the fire, which was controlled at around 10.20pm.
Firefighters worked to control the blaze from extending to the nearby Emarat petrol station and five-star hotel, Crowne Plaza.
Movenpick Deira, also situated in the locality, tweeted it similarly evacuated its guests as a precautionary measure.
A fire has broken out 150m from the hotel. All of our guests & staff have been safely evacuated.
— Mövenpick Deira (@MovenpickDeira) November 23, 2015
Explosions, triggered by gas cylinders, were also heard during the evacuations, and the roof of one of the building's blocks caved in.
Four buildings behind Al Shamsi were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Metro services between Union and Abu Hail stations on the Green Line of Dubai Metro were suspended.
An eyewitness told Gulf News that some people were having a barbecue on the first floor of one of the Al Shamsi buildings, and this could have been the cause of the fire.
Authorities are yet to confirm these reports.