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Blaze on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah

UPDATE: A fire on the man-made island has engulfed two buildings under construction and injured three people.

The fire that broke out on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah yesterday that left three people injured and charred two unfinished buildings was apparently due to an electrical fault.

Rescue workers at the scene said three people were receiving treatment but did not give further details. Firefighters said the fire was believed to be the result of an electrical mishap.

Real estate developers of the man-made island, Nakheel Properties, stated that the incident began around 16:00 Sunday, when a fire occurred in a building owned by third-party developers.

Two multi-storey car parks were gutted by the fire on the luxury development, and clouds of black smoke could be seen from miles away.

According to Nakheel, the building is currently under construction and located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai's director of Port Police, Colonel Mohammad Jassim Alzaabi said the fire started in basement two of the building. He stated the smoke due to the cable wiring in the basement, and claimed that it was "not that serious".

"The fire commenced within the building igniting building material and causing substantive smoke," an official statement from Nakheel said. Clouds of black smoke were seen hovering over the beachfront as firefighters and ambulances arrived at the scene.

The blaze appeared to have been extinguished within two hours.

According to Col. Alzaabi, the road to the Palm was closed fairly soon after the fire began to allow access for the emergency services.

Information provided by Nakheel stated that the workforce on the island have all been accounted for. At the time of the statement, one person had been taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation but the company stated that the necessary steps had been taken to ensure safety.

"The Palm Jumeirah permanent fire tender was on the scene within a short period of time with backup from the Environment Health Services (EHS) and the Civil Defence Fire Services."

According to a Nakheel engineer on site, the affected building is a residential development called Golden Mile 2.

The incident follows a construction site fire earlier this year at a tower on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Palm Jumeirah is a $14 billion project to be built as part of several man-made islands in Dubai. Most of the buildings on the island are still under construction and yet to be handed over to their owners.

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