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Blaze destroys 16 shops at Abu Dhabi fruit and veg market

Civil Defence teams use drones to help prevent the spread of flames to neighbouring buildings

Blaze destroys 16 shops at Abu Dhabi fruit and veg market
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A fire that erupted in 16 shops in Abu Dhabi's fruit and vegetable market on Sunday resulted in zero casualties, it has been announced.

According to news agency WAM, Civil Defence teams successfully controlled the blaze and prevented injuries.

It quoted Colonel Abdullah Rashid Al Zaabi, acting director of Civil Defence in Abu Dhabi, as saying that teams quickly brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading to neighbouring buildings and adjacent shops.

He added that investigations are ongoing to find out the cause of the fire, stressing the importance of abiding by safety and prevention requirements in buildings throughout the city.

Traffic patrols and police teams from the Al Madina Police Station offered logistical support while the Air Support Department at the General Directorate for Security Support at the General Secretariat of the Office used their drones to monitor the situation.

The drones transmitted live pictures to support decision makers on the ground and transmitted images to the operations room to assess the logistics conditions and resources distribution.

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