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Dubai firefighters called to 322 fires this year

Dubai Civil Defence said many fires could have been prevented

Dubai firefighters called to 322 fires this year

Dubai firefighters have been called out to deal with 322 fires this year, according to the latest statistics from Dubai Civil Defence.

The fires led to three fatalities and ten injuries, with the largest portion of fires occurring in commercial properties and warehouses (33%). A quarter of the fires were in residential homes, while six percent were in under-construction buildings.

Dubai Civil Defence told 7days newspaper, many of the fires could have been prevented.

“Fires usually occur as the result of an unforeseen problem and are often pure accident, but it can be due to somebody’s carelessness – a lit cigarette thrown into a trashcan, a lack of maintenance, an operator’s error or improper repairs,” a civil defence spokesman said.

“In other cases we see accidents caused by construction workers using flammable substances [when they shouldn’t]… training and strict procedures can prevent many potential fires."

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