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Fire in UAE clothing factory sees 50 workers evacuated

No casualties were reported in the fire which destroyed the majority of a clothing factory

Fire in UAE clothing factory sees 50 workers evacuated
No casualties were reported, according to the UAQ civil defence department, who said the reason behind the fire is yet to be determined.

A massive blaze was put out in Umm Al Quwain on Friday after a clothing factory caught fire and resulted in the evacuation of 50 workers.

No casualties were reported, according to the UAQ civil defence department, who said the reason behind the fire is yet to be determined.

Col Khamis Ibrahim Bulsali, acting director of the UAQ civil defence, said the factory ‘suddenly’ caught fire.

"The flames quickly spread to the entire factory, and destroyed a big part of it,” he said.

Firefighters put out the flames in ‘record time’ using water and foam, Col Bulsali said.

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He warmed factory owners to observe safety, environment and health rules and regulations as to prevent such incidents.

Fires can be caused by unsystematic waste dumping and chaotic storage of items that often start blazes, such as cigarettes.

Col Bulsali said smoking, which is blamed for many fires, is strictly forbidden in factories.

Investigations by legal authorities are currently underway to identify the reasons behind the fire.