UAE: fire destroys five warehouses in Sharjah

A blaze started in one warehouse at Sharjah Industrial Area 3 before spreading to adjacent buildings, a local daily reported

A fire destroyed five warehouses in Sharjah. [Representational image]
A fire destroyed five warehouses in Sharjah. [Representational image]

A fire broke out in the UAE's Sharjah Emirate on 27 December, 2015.

According to local daily The National, five warehouses were gutted by the blaze early in the day. 

The fire started in a warehouse at Industrial Area 3 before spreading to adjacent buildings. 

Civil defence crews from Samnan, Mweileh, and Sharjah headquarters extinguished the blaze by 9am. 

Forensic teams were handed the site to investigate the cause of the fire, the report continued. 

No injuries were reported from the accident. 

This blaze is the latest in a spate of fire accidents that have plagued the UAE. 

On 1 December, 2015, a fire started at a Palm Jumeirah construction site, not far from the locality's Palm Monorail development

A blaze was also contained at the 32-storey Regal Tower in Business Bay in November

Two days before the Regal Tower fire, Dubai Metro services were suspended after a blaze broke out in Deira's Al Shamsi Building blocks. 

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.

Remarking on measures to improve local fire safety, Garald Todd, head of fire and life safety at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff ME told Construction Week: "There is always room for improvement, education, and awareness to increase life safety in the market.

"While Dubai Civil Defence has done an absolutely fantastic job, given the massive growth, size, complexity and sheer number of buildings going up such a short period of time, they simply cannot do this alone," Todd continued. 

"At the end of the day, all of the above comes down to one simple fact – fire and life safety is everyone’s responsibility." 


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