Firefighters injured in Doha airport project blaze

Thirty buildings razed, 10 vehicles burned and three injured in fire

A shot of the fire at the New Doha Airport project. Source: YazenAlsafi@twitter
A shot of the fire at the New Doha Airport project. Source: YazenAlsafi@twitter

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Three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation after they were injured while attending a fire that broke out at the project site for the New Doha airport in Qatar yesterday.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined but local reports state the fire damaged 30 portable cabins and 10 vehicles. Personnel from the Civil Defence and Lakhwaya managed to put out the fire and prevented it from spreading to new areas. No one else was injured during the fire.

Work on the $11bn project began in 2004 and is expected to continue until 2015 when the gigantic 22km2 airport is fully operational.

The New Doha International Airport is designed to handle 50 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo, and 320,000 aircraft landings and takeoffs each year. Over 60 million m3 of fill will be reclaimed from the sea and used to create the site, while over 6.2 million m3 of improperly disposed household waste has been removed from the site and disposed of in an engineered landfill.

The runways, taxiways and aprons of the new airport require 3.7 million tonnes of high quality polymer asphalt and an additional 115,000 m3 of concrete, while 800,000 m3 of concrete will be needed for facility structures.

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