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Gas leak at Dubai restaurant destroys two shops

No injuries were reported in the incident

Gas leak at Dubai restaurant destroys two shops

Preliminary investigations carried out by Dubai Police suggested that the incident was caused by a gas leak.

A restaurant in Dubai’s Al Qusais area was damaged in an explosion that authorities believe was caused by a gas leak, Dubai Police announced on Monday.

According to Dubai Police, no injuries were reported in the blast. However, two nearby shops – a pharmacy and a beauty salon – and three cars were damaged.

“At around 4am this morning, the Dubai Police Command and Control Room received an emergency call reporting an explosion at a restaurant, which was closed during that time, near Damascus Street in Al Qusais,” said Brigadier Abdulhalim Al Hashimi, acting director of Al Qusais Police Station.

Al Hashimi added, “Dubai Police patrols were immediately dispatched to the scene to secure the perimeter and work jointly for hours with Dubai Civil Defence to evacuate residents of the two-storey building as a precautionary measure.”

Preliminary investigations carried out by Dubai Police suggested that the incident was caused by a gas leak. Forensics experts at the force’s criminology lab are preparing a final report on the incident.

Additionally, Al Hashimi urged local restaurants to maintain safety systems in their venues and to perform periodic maintenance of pipes and gas detectors, particularly during hot summer months.

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