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Abu Dhabi gas explosion injures 15 people

Scores of residents evacuated after blaze in Al Khalidiya area

Abu Dhabi gas explosion injures 15 people
A fire broke out in a residential building in Al Khalidiyah area in Abu Dhabi following a gas explosion. (Image courtesy: Security Media)

Fifteen people have been hurt following a suspected gas cylinder explosion in Abu Dhabi’s Al Khalidiya area on Monday.

The resulting blaze in the Al Mansoori residential building also damaged 10 vehicles parked nearby.

The injured residents, some of whom had suffered from smoke inhalation, were all taken to hospital.

Gulf News reported that a firefighter had suffered heat exhaustion while fighting the blaze.

Scores of residents were evacuated from the area, with many being put up in a nearby hotel under the guidance of the Red Crescent Society.

“Four Civil Defence and intervention teams, supported by ambulances, were immediately dispatched to the location of the fire. They promptly managed to extinguish the blaze that broke out and took the necessary preventive measures by evacuating the injured and people residing in the vicinity,” said the head of Abu Dhabi’s Civil Defence, Maj Gen Jasem Mohammad Al Marzouqi, according to Gulf News.

“Investigation is still under way to determine the circumstances and cause of the fire,” he added.

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