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Ship fire in Sharjah kills one, injures four

15 May 2017

One crew member was killed and four others suffered burns after a fire broke out on a vessel transporting a petroleum products at Al Hamriyah port on May 13, Sharjah Civil Defence said. A massive explosion started the fire and the vessel broke into two, Gulf News reported, with 16 evacuated from the crippled vessel.  The explosion also damaged buildings nearby.

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Sharjah Civil Defence said the Panama-flagged vessel was carrying a consignment of diesel and was docked at Al Hamriyah seaport. Firefighters controlled the blaze and stopped it from spreading to adjacent ships and also controlled the oil from spilling into the port.

The injured workers were transferred to Khalifa Hospital in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain hospital and they are in a stable condition now. The sailors, including the deceased and the injured, are Indians and are aged between 22 and 30.


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