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Sun 13 Sep 2009 02:45 PM

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Firefighters tackle huge Dubai warehouse blaze

Fire at Al Aweer vegetable market has been brought under control, officials say.

A massive blaze in a warehouse at the Al Aweer vegetable market has been put out by firefighters, a senior official from the Dubai Civil Defence department said on Sunday.

Colonel Ahmad Al Sayegh, assistant manager general manger for fire and rescue at the Dubai Civil Defence told Arabian Business the fire had started at 11.30am on Sunday and had ripped through a large section of a warehouse housing 12 shops that mainly stored onions and potatoes.

“We cannot say how the fire started. But everything is ok now. They [firefighters] are cooling [the area],” he said.

“There have been no injuries,” he added.

Al Sayegh said nylon plastic bags used to store onions had caused the fire to spread.  

Two pick-up trucks parked near the fire had also caught alight, he said, although reports earlier on Sunday said four vehicles were destroyed.

Haji Asif, the owner City Home Foodstuff Trading said he lost stock worth almost AED1m (US$270,000) in the blaze.

"I suffered big losses," he told the National, "and it will take a long time to recover from them."

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Pradeep Naik 10 years ago

This may attract an attention of Govt. to this market. This is the main market which is feeding most parts of UAE population. Selling of unhealthy food items, perished items, no cost & quantity control, illegal labour, abuse of human labour & much more.