Disasters & Accidents

16 dead, 9 injured in fire at Dubai apartment building

Dubai, Apr 16 (EFE).- At least 16 people were killed and nine others were injured after a blaze ripped through an apartment building in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the bustling city’s civil defense said on Sunday.

The fire broke out on Saturday at around 12:45 local time (8:35 GMT) on the fourth floor of the building located in Dubai’s al-Ras area, nearby the old market. Emergency units managed to extinguish the fire two hours later.

Those suffering injuries and suffocation were transferred to nearby hospitals, the service added in a statement.

Preliminary information showed the fire erupted after the property’s owner had committed “violations” related to safety and protection requirements, according to the statement.EFE


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