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Old October 1st, 2015, 02:58 PM   #1
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Major fire breaks out in Sharjah residential tower

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"We are all waiting downstairs watching our building on fire," said one of the residents of the Al Naser building that caught fire on Sharjah's King Faisal road.

A fire broke out earlier today at 2pm in a residential building in Sharjah this afternoon.

Civil defence and helicopters arrived at the site of the fire to rescue those stuck in the building. Fire fighters are currently engaged to get the situation under control.

See photos from the fire here.

At least 40 people are being treated for smoke inhalation. There are no casualties, confirmed officials from Sharjah Civil Defence.

The multi-storey residential building on Al Wahda Street has been completely gutted in the major fire. Officials said that the building has been evacuated and all roads leading to the area have been cordoned off.

The fire brought the afternoon peak hour traffic to a complete standstill with thick smoke blanketing the area.

The distressed resident, who did not want to be named, spoke to Khaleej Times, saying that smoke was seeping into her flat woke her up from her sleep, "I opened my door to see what is going on and found residents making a dash towards the staircase and at the same time screaming that the building is on fire.

Also read: Major fires in Sharjah during 2015

"The elevators came to a standstill and there was this rush to get out on the street as soon as possible. I was all alone at home when the fire broke out. This is a 25-story residential building and my one bedroom flat is located on the 14th floor. The helicopters and fire fighters are on the scene. We dont know as of now if there are anyone stuck inside the building. From where I am standing I can see windows and glass peices exploding. No one is willing to give us any information and we are all waiting downstairs in the heat," she said.

"All the injured have been rushed to Kuwaiti and Al Qasimi Hospitals," said Major Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence. He said all firefighters from the neighbouring emirates were trying to battle the blaze which is still raging on.

Further details are awaited.
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Old October 2nd, 2015, 12:15 PM   #2
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Typical of the poor building standards used in the UAE when it comes to cladding, worst is nothing is really being done to prevent this.

It's beginning to be a pattern now, fire erupts in one apartment, and fire spreads throughout the whole building. Nothing will ever change until a high profile fire happens in let's say the Burj al Arab that most likely has the same cladding.
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