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New safety measures implemented in wake of Villaggio fire

Several budget hotels have closed in a bid to implement “effective safety solutions”
The fire at Villaggio Mall on Monday (Credit: Twitter).
By Sara Anabtawi
Mon 18 Jun 2012 11:49 AM

Hotels and commercial sites in Doha are implementing new safety measures following the fire at Villaggio Mall, which killed 19 people, it has been reported.  

Several budget hotels have closed in a bid to implement “effective safety solutions” and will reopen following clearance from the Civil Defence Department, Qatar Daily Gulf Times said.

The increased safety measures follow several days after it emerged that an electrical fault caused the deadly fire at the Villaggio Mall, which killed 13 children including two-year old triplets.

Investigators found a “lack of adherence to laws, systems, and measures by all concerned parties to different degrees. This includes adherence to design, license and safety conditions, which contributed to the Villaggio catastrophe,” according to a report released last week.

At least five people were arrested as part of the probe, including the daughter of Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage.

Iman Al-Kuwari, who ran the Gympanzee childcare facility in the retail centre, was arrested along with the mall’s manager, assistant manager and the assistant director of security.

Villaggio, a 360,000 sq m retail centre, opened in 2006. It was named one of the world’s most luxurious malls by Forbes magazine in 2008. The centre features 220 retail, entertainment and dining outlets.

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