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Fire ravages Doha's Mall of Asia shopping centre

Shopping mall is completely destroyed in latest summer blaze to hit Qatar this year

Fire ravages Doha's Mall of Asia shopping centre

A shopping mall in Doha has reportedly been destroyed in a fire thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Flames ripped through the 10,000 square metre Mall of Asia in Doha’s Industrial Area late on Sunday night and continued burning throughout Monday, Doha News reported.

No official statement has been made as to the cause of the fire, but the newspaper said representatives from Qatar’s Civil Defense had apparently blamed the fire on an electrical short circuit.

A worker at the Al Feroz Trading store next door was quoted as saying: “We were asleep in our rooms because we had to work the next day, but when we got here, we were told by the Civil Defense that [the fire] had started because of a (defective) circuit.”

The hypermarket was described as a popular shopping destination for workers living in nearby accommodation because it offered discounted groceries, clothes and other items.

According to pictures published on social media and local press, the mall has been completely blackened and charred wood and smoke remains two days after the fire.

No injuries have yet been reported as a result, but the fire at Mall of Asia is the latest fire to have hit Qatar in recent weeks. The upper level of the Place Vendôme construction site in Lusail caught fire yesterday on July 1.

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