Gas explosion in Abu Dhabi fast food restaurant claims two lives
Abu Dhabi Police: Incident caused by a misalignment in the gas container fittings following refuelling; other minor injuries reported
Two “victims lost their lives” in a gas explosion that ripped through a fast food restaurant in a building on Rashid bin Saeed Street in Abu Dhabi, according to the Abu Dhabi Police.
According to preliminary on-site investigations, the Abu Dhabi Police stated that the incident was caused by a misalignment in the gas container fittings following refuelling.
Rapid Intervention Teams of the Abu Dhabi Police’s Emergency and Public Safety Directorate were deployed to carry out a comprehensive checkup of the building and neighbouring buildings.
Among the two people who died, one was near the site of the incident, and the second was a passerby who was hit by debris.
A few cases of minor and moderate injuries were treated at a hospital, the Abu Dhabi Police confirmed.
The Rapid Intervention Teams and the Abu Dhabi Police also evacuated all residents from the building safely. Relevant teams are arranging temporary accommodation for residents until the building’s safety is assured.
Currently, teams have finished clearing the incident site and removing debris. Traffic has resumed after the area’s safety was ensured, and the road has been reopened to traffic.