Huge fire breaks out at Sharjah apartment block

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

The residential tower has 47 floors, excluding parking. The city neighbours Dubai. A fire broke out in one of the residential buildings. The fire accident resulted in 7 people with minor injuries who are taken to the hospital to receive the necessary treatment.

Officials did not know the cause of the fire last night but said the main cause of residential blazes in Sharjah a year ago involved short circuits and cigarette butts not being put out properly.

The fire started at 5.04am (NZ time), according to Sharjah Civil Defence teams.

After breaking out on the 10th floor, the blaze crept up the block, and hailed burning concrete and glass on to the streets below, according to images and videos circulated on social media.

Firefighters and police surrounded the tower, as did curious onlookers.

"I only picked my wallet as my thoughts were on trying to get my wife and children out of the apartment", he told Gulf News.

The tower was built in 2006.

Authorities gave no cause for the blaze, which smouldered into early Wednesday morning.

The reason for the blazes, building and safety experts say, is the material used for the buildings' sidings - an aluminum-composite panel cladding.

It did not say whether the cause of the fire was known.

The skyscraper Abbco Tower in Sharjah's al Nahda, United Arab Emirates, caught fire on Tuesday, local media reported, citing Sharjah's Civil Defence Department.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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