Friday, November 22, 2013

Asian Man dies in Residential Building Fire

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, November 18th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

An Asian man died on Monday when a fire broke out in an apartment located on the seventh floor of a nine-story building on Airport Road, in Abu Dhabi. No other human injuries were reported in the incident.

Colonel Juma Al Dahmani, Acting Director General of the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense indicated that as soon as the Operations Room received notification at 3:30 a.m., civil defense teams immediately rushed to the scene from Al Qubeisat and Al Madina centers, along with back-up teams from the Rapid Intervention Center at Al Falah. “Upon arriving to the scene, Civil Defense teams managed to contain the flames, and prevent the fire from spreading to nearby apartments,” he stated.

Al Dahmani added that the fire broke out on the seventh floor of the above-mentioned building, causing the death of an Asian individual residing on the eighth floor due to smoke inhalation. Firefighters evacuated all residents trapped in the upper floors using escalators. Investigation is still underway to determine the circumstances of the incident.

Lt. Colonel Hamad Al Riyami, Director of Civil Defense centers in Abu Dhabi appealed to apartment buildings’ residents to abide by security and safety requirements. He also called upon them to provide handheld extinguishers on location and ensure they are checked regularly, so that any emergency situation can be handled efficiently.

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