A major fire broke out in a residential tower at Ajman in the United Arab Emirates late on Monday. Local newspaper Khaleej Times reported that the residents of the tower were evacuated and the blaze was brought under control. A video posted online by the police showed burning debris falling from the building of more than two dozen storey, as the police cordoned off roads leading to the site. The fire had reportedly erupted at the building in the Ajman One residential cluster of 12 towers and spread to at least another tower yesterday.
Medical assistance was provided to those who sustained burns and injuries. Emirati Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan rushed to Ajman to co-ordinate the response to the blaze, news.com.au reported.Those who sustained injuries were immediately given medical assistance.
The image of the fire surfaced on social media showing bright yellow flames spreading up the side of a building. Ajman is home to many commuters who work in the Gulf commercial hub of Dubai. Like Dubai, it is one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE federation.
Tenants braved the situation as they rushed for safety. They later gathered around the complex as the buildings burned.
This is not the first of its kind fire blaze in the UAE, which has been facing series of tower fires in the past. During the 2016 New Year’s celebrations, a fire broke out in a luxury 63-storey hotel near Dubai’s tallest building. In February, a huge fire gutted one of the emirate’s tallest buildings, destroying luxury flats in the Torch tower and triggering an evacuation of nearby blocs in the Dubai Marina neighborhood.
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