Sharjah fire update: Massive fire at Al Nahada residential tower with several Indian residents; no casualties

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Updated: May 06, 2020 10:45 AM

Sharjah Fire News Today: The fire broke out in the residential tower named Abbco Tower.

sharjah tower fire live, abbco tower fireThe building has 47 floors, excluding parking. (Image: Twitter)

Sharjah Tower Fire Latest Updates:: A massive fire on late Tuesday was reported at a residential building in Al Nahda, Sharjah. Several Indian residents are believed to be living in the building. However, no casualties were reported. Reports said that the fire was put out and no casualties were reported. The fire broke out in the residential tower named Abbco Tower. The building has 47 floors, excluding parking, Gulf News reported. It said that the authorities had evacuated residents of the building and that of neighbouring ones. As per the report, a major disaster was averted by Sharjah Civil Defence teams. They are yet to determine the cause of the fire. The report said that the fire broke out on the 10th floor of the Abbco Tower at 9.04 pm and moved up quickly due to cladding.

There are 38 residential floors, two floors for services and nine levels of car parking in the complex. Each floor has 12 flats. Khaleez Times reported that civil defence workers from stations such as Mina and Al Nahda were rushed to douse the blaze after a call to the police operations room.

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News agency Associated Press reported that the high-rise tower caught fire late Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates in a city-state neighboring Dubai. The blaze saw flames rapidly shoot up the sides of the building like other recent incidents that involved flammable cladding.

It said that the blaze at the 48-story Abbco Tower in Sharjah saw flaming debris shower neighboring dusty parking lots and left metal siding littering surrounding streets. The 190-meter (623-foot) tower is among the tallest buildings in Sharjah, one of the seven sheikhdoms that makes up the UAE.

As per the report, the fire started around 9 p.m., just after those fasting for the holy month of Ramadan had finished their iftar meals. At least seven people suffered minor injuries in the blaze, the government-run Sharjah Media Office said on Twitter.

Authorities have not yet given cause for the blaze, which smoldered into early Wednesday morning. Firefighters used a ladder truck to spray water into the building, whose cement-block walls stood charred and exposed after the fire.

The AP report said that the UAE, including skyscraper-studded Dubai, has suffered a spate of fires in its high-rises in recent years. The reason for the blazes, building and safety experts say, is the material used for the buildings’ sidings, called aluminum composite panel cladding.

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