UAE gov't to offer free fire alarms following tragic blaze

Sheikh Mohammed directs Civil Defence to install alarms across the UAE immediately after 7 children die in Fujairah fire
By Staff writer
Mon 22 Jan 2018 04:17 PM

Every Emirati's home will be fitted with fire alarms at the expense of the UAE government, it was announced on Monday following a blaze in Fujairah which left seven children dead.

In a tweet by Dubai Media Office, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, directed the Civil Defence to immediately install the alarms across the UAE.

He said that the UAE government would foot the bill for anyone who can't afford to have them installed. 

Separately, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, tweeted: "I am deeply sorry to hear about 7 members of the Al-Sreidi family suffocating to death in Fujairah. Our hearts go out to the family & relatives, we offer them our heartfelt condolences. May God have mercy on their souls."

Earlier on Monday, seven children died as a result of smoke inhalation following the house fire in Fujairah.

Fujairah Police said they received a phone call from a mother in the village of Dhadna, who woke up to the smell of smoke in the house. She said that her house was on fire and that her children were trapped inside.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at Al-Balagh. All seven – three sons and four daughters - were pronounced dead when the police and civil defence patrols arrived at the scene.

Police said the eldest of the children was 13 and the youngest was five.

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Last Updated: Tue 23 Jan 2018 08:26 AM GST

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