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Six warehouses razed in Dubai fire

Fire experts from Dubai Police are investigating the cause of Saturday's fire in the industrial area Al Quoz.

A fire destroyed six paint warehouses in Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesperson from Dubai Civil Defence said no injuries were reported in the fire which broke out at about 4:30pm.

The spokesperson said firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about two hours after which they started the cooling operation, accordign to UAE daily, Gulf News.

Dense smoke filled the sky of Dubai and could be seen from far away. Teams from Al Quoz, Jumeirah, Al Satwa and Al Rashidiyah civil defence stations extinguished the fire.

A fire expert from Dubai Police started an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Prior incident

This is the second fire in a warehouse since the beginning of this year.

The earlier fire broke out in Al Quoz Industrial area on January 4. No injuries were reported, but the construction materials warehouse was destroyed

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Jonny Finckleton 11 years ago

My guess is this is faulty wiring. There is no system of checking wiring safety as in most of the developed world, and when an electrician is called in to correct tripping trip switches, more often than not they bypass the fuse box. Combine that plug fuses that have been hardwired to save a dirham, and every electrical appliance becomes a a threat to life and property.

Steve Chung - Working Chemical Solutions 11 years ago

When there is financial issues two events occur and can be tracked. Reduction of Safety Measures (because of cost to comply) and increase of criminal activity - such as arson, sabatage, insurance fraud. In this fire and future prevention is paramount and use of Advance Wetting Agents in the begining of the problem and or in the sprinkler system will greatly enhance the fire fighter's capability and cost is about 16 cents per US gallon of water used and a factor Times 10 at 1% application. If you had 500 lt of on board water and used the advance wetting agent it is like having 5,000 lt of water. Recommend Civil Defence & Fire directors look at directives to implement - advance wetting agents vs foam