Massive fire at residential tower in UAE`s Sharjah, five injured

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

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.

Though there were no fatalities in the fire, nine people were first treated for minor injuries at the scene, Colonel Dr. Ali Abu Al Zoud, Deputy Director General of Central Operations of Sharjah Police, told Gulf News.

Authorities offered no immediate cause for the blaze.

Fire erupts at 47 story Abbco Tower in Sharjah.

Local authorities said the Sharjah Civil Defence (SCD) teams were quick to avoid the situation from escalating, local media reported.

Residents of those nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precautionary measure to ensure their safety.

Residents of the tower were evacuated, Sharjah media office said.

According to sources, firefighters are on the scene and the fire is now reportedly control. We were scared and left with the whole family, ' said Samantha, who lived in a nearby building.

The UAE has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises, especially in the hot season, when the air temperature exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

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

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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