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Bulldozers, cranes used to put out Kuwait junkyard fire

The 6,000sqm fire at Al-Naeem Junkyard was put out by seven teams that faced challenges such as site violations, high winds, and tight spaces

Seven teams were deployed to put out the fire at Kuwait's Al-Naeem Junkyard [image: KUNA].
Seven teams were deployed to put out the fire at Kuwait's Al-Naeem Junkyard [image: KUNA].

Bulldozers, cranes, and ladder trucks were deployed to extinguish a fire that spread across 6,000m2 in a Kuwait car junkyard.

Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) announced that seven teams were required to control the fire, which broke out in the Al-Naeem Junkyard, next to Al-Salmi Road.

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Teams from Al-Shaqaya, Al-Jahra, Al-Esnad, Al-Ardhiya, Sabhan, Al-Madina, and Al-Salmiya were mobilised for the operation.

According to a KFSD press release cited by Kuwait’s state news agency, the fire broke out “in a number of cars”, before spreading for 6,000m2. The fire was put out despite significant challenges posed by the junkyard’s condition.

For instance, the junkyard was “full of serious violations, in addition to vast amounts of gas, oil, and tires”.

The situation was exacerbated by high winds and the locality’s tight spaces, which prevented “the fire engines from entering burning areas”, compounded by the lack of a nearby water source. All of this “constituted dangerous situations” for the fire teams.

An investigation is under way to examine the causes and circumstances that led to the fire, the report added.

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