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Three firefighters injured battling construction site blaze in Kuwait

Three firefighters were injured while battling a blaze that broke out on a construction site in Kuwait’s Sharq area on Friday, 30 June

It took 180 firefighters to extinguish the blaze in Kuwait’s Sharq area [image: <i>KUNA</i>].
It took 180 firefighters to extinguish the blaze in Kuwait’s Sharq area [image: <i>KUNA</i>].

Three firefighters were injured while battling a blaze that broke out on a construction site in Kuwait’s Sharq area on Friday, 30 June, 2017.

It took 180 firefighters in 12 teams to bring the blaze under control, according to Kuwait’s state news agency, KUNA.

Initially, nine groups of firefighters were called to the scene in an attempt to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, according to Colonel Khalil Al-Amir, director of public relations at Kuwait’s Fire Public Relations Department.

Ultimately, it took a dozen 15-strong teams – including firefighters from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) – to tackle the blaze.

While the emergency personnel attempted to contain the fire, it reached eight buildings in the vicinity due to high winds.

The fire resulted in “huge material damage”, according to KUNA, which added that a final estimate of losses would be calculated once an ongoing investigation has determined the cause of the blaze.

Colonel Al-Amir expressed his appreciation to those involved in extinguishing the fire, including members of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, and National Guard.

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