Cause of Sharq Industrial fire in Kuwait revealed

The director-general of Kuwait Fire Service Directorate reportedly said the area's "poor" organisational structure delayed "the arrival of firefighting squads on time"

Six groups of firefighters were required to contain the Sharq Industrial Area fire in Kuwait [image: KUNA].
Six groups of firefighters were required to contain the Sharq Industrial Area fire in Kuwait [image: KUNA].

A fire that recently broke out in Kuwait's Sharq Industrial Area was caused by an electric short-circuit, it has been revealed.

The short-circuit occurred in an air-conditioning (AC) unit installed in one of the site's garages. 

Gen Khaled Al-Mekrad, director-general of Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD), said the area's "poor" organisational structure delayed "the arrival of firefighting squads on time". 

The delay "allowed the fire to expand further and become difficult to deal with", according to an official report

He added: "I have urged for removal of this poor area due to its sensitive location in the capital's [centre], posing a major risk on the safety of buildings and people".

Six groups of firefighters were required to extinguish the fire, according to Arabian Industry, citing state agency, KUNA.

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