- Firefighters rushed to the spot along with urgent medication for injured
- Authorities are investigating the root cause of fire
- Incident highlighted the importance of safety requirements in every building
A devastating fire broke out in a residential building in Dubai’s Al Ras area, resulting in the death of 16 people and injuries to nine others.
The Dubai Civil Defence received the first notification of the fire at 12.35 pm on a Saturday afternoon. Firefighters swiftly arrived at the scene within six minutes and initiated evacuation and firefighting operations.
Additional teams from Port Saeed and Hamriyah fire stations provided backup. The fire was eventually brought under control at 2.42 pm, and cooling operations commenced.
The spokesperson for the Dubai Civil Defence expressed deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and stated that urgent medical aid was provided to the injured while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire was caused by a lack of compliance with building security and safety requirements. The spokesperson further mentioned that relevant authorities are conducting a comprehensive investigation to determine the detailed causes of the accident.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing flames and thick black smoke billowing out of the building. Videos shared on social media captured the intensity of the fire as multiple fire engines and first responders swiftly arrived at the scene.
According to a worker in a shop located in the building, they heard a loud bang and initially couldn’t understand what was happening. As smoke and fire emerged from a window, they attempted to enter the building to help but were hindered by the dense smoke, prompting them to exit and wait for the authorities.
Social worker Naseer Vadanappilly, who was present at the mortuary, confirmed that some bodies had been identified by relatives. He also mentioned that at least three people were in stable condition at the hospital.
The quick response of fire engines, firemen, and police officers was praised for their swift action in saving lives during the incident. The tragic event in Dubai has highlighted the importance of complying with building security and safety requirements to prevent such accidents in the future.
The authorities continue to investigate the incident to ascertain the root causes of the fire.
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