Seven injured in 48-storey fire in UAE

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

A raging inferno engulfed a 48-story apartment building in the United Arab Emirates Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of six high rises, according to news reports and dramatic video.

Seven people were treated for minor injuries from the fire in the tower in Sharjah's Al Nahda area and taken to hospital for treatment, the media office tweeted. Sharjah authorities were able to act quickly and evacuate the residential tower along with other nearby buildings averting a major disaster. It's not yet clear how many apartments have been affected.

Dozens of firefighters worked to put out the blaze in the Abbco Tower using at least a dozen fire engines and drones, a local journalist reports. The Civil Defence crew from Mina fire station and Al Nahda rushed to the spot after the fire was reported around 9 pm, said the report by Gulf News.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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