Abu Dhabi explosion and fire kills 10
23 February 2015
At least 10 people were burnt to death and eight others injured when a fire razed a two-storey commercial building in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah industrial area, according to the Khaleej Times. The deceased were reported to be workers from the Indian subcontinent and Syria, sleeping in illegal accommodation.
According to Arman Ullah Chowdhury, labour counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy, there were around 100 people living on the first floor of the building. Many occupants escaped by jumping to the roofs of adjacent buildings. Most of the injured are in hospital suffering burns, and another broke his back jumping to the ground.
The ground floor of the building housed a number of businesses including vehicle repair shops containing compressors and gas cylinders that, according to the occupants, could have caused the fire.
Abu Dhabi Police said fire and emergency services were immediately deployed to the site and firefighters managed to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.
They said they had taken into custody the landlord of the building for illegally using commercial premises for accommodation. The police are also looking for others responsible for the tragedy. Investigations are on-going to identify the exact cause of the fire.