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Ajman ruler tours tower blaze site, orders help for victims

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi says residents affected by major fire should be accommodated in hotels until housing is found for them

Ajman ruler tours tower blaze site, orders help for victims
Fire engulfed a tower at a residential cluster in Ajman on Monday night. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The ruler of Ajman on Tuesday toured the site of a major fire which ripped through residential towers in the emirate late on Monday night.

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi visited the tower complex in Ajman's Al Sawan area and ordered authorities to "provide all necessary means of comfort to affected people", news agency WAM reported.

He said victims of the blaze should be accommodated in Ajman hotels until suitable housing is found for them.

The ruler was accompanied by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chairman of Ajman Municipality and planning Department.

Brigadier Saleh Saeed Al Matrooshi, director-general of Ajman Civil Defence, briefed Sheikh Humaid about the firefighting operation, WAM said.

It added that the ruler hailed the efforts and thanked authorities including civil defence and other security departments from Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Qaiwain for their participation in the firefighting operation.

Firefighters earlier on Tuesday brought under control a fire that broke out at the Ajman One tower, the latest in a series of blazes in the country's high-rise buildings.

Local media said that five people were treated on the spot for injuuries from the fire which broke out late at night on Monday. Fire gutted at least two towers.

Residents of towers were evacuated and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

It was at least the fourth major high-rise fire in the UAE in three years. Last New Year's Eve, a blaze hit a downtown hotel in Dubai; in February last year, fire broke out at a 79-storey residential building in Dubai, and in November 2012, a 34-storey Dubai residential building was partially gutted.

In some of those cases, experts said the speed at which the fires spread may have been due to the use of flammable cladding on the buildings' exteriors for decoration or insulation.

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Mark Z 4 years ago

It's sad to see fires in UAE every year as soon as the hot weather approaches, and every year it is high rise towers in general. Why? Looks like there is something wrong in the construction. There are rules and regulations regarding safety aspects, but it looks like these are being by-passed during the construction. A fire, if it should occur, should be controllable within a short period by the Fire System installed in the building. It should not spread from top to bottom or bottom to top as seems to have happened here. It's about time to take these matters seriously during construction. The culprits should be arrested and put behind bars.

Paddy Casey 4 years ago

To many fires in high rise buildings in the UAE.
Will not stay in a hotel in the UAE until new fire regulations are sorted.