Jebel Ali fire

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The fire that sent explosions ripping through a chemical storage depot at Jebel Ali Port in Dubai early Monday morning has not spread to nearby sites and is now under control, officials said.
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According to the general manager of Dubai Civil Defence, explosions caused by the fire sent debris up to 300 metres in the air.
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Earlier Monday morning the fire sent huge clouds of black smoke - seen from Sheikh Zayed Road - billowing into the sky, enveloping large parts of Dubai.
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The blaze was brought under control by emergency rescue services and the fire brigade in under three hours, at 7.15am.
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The blaze at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port is the second one in two weeks at a cargo port in the UAE.
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The cause of the fire and extent of damage are still under investigation, a spokesperson from port managers DP World has said.
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There were no casualties and the fire did not disrupt shipping because it broke out near the entrance to Jebel Ali, the busiest container port in the Middle East, Dubai Civil Defence stated.
Mon 27 Aug 2007 12:03 PM GST