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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 24 June 2018

Fire breaks out in derelict three-storey building in Abu Dhabi

The cause of the blaze is under investigation

Firefighters contained a blaze that gutted the inside of an abandoned two storey behind Abu Dhabi Media on Monday. Anna Zacharias / The National
Firefighters contained a blaze that gutted the inside of an abandoned two storey behind Abu Dhabi Media on Monday. Anna Zacharias / The National

Abu Dhabi Police are investigating the cause of a fire that gutted a vacant three-storey building near Al Ittihad newspaper's office, near the corner of Sultan Bin Zayed First Street (4th Street) and Mohammed Bin Khalifa Street (15th Street).

The fire was reported at 12.21pm on Monday and fought by a response team that included one ambulance, five fire vehicles and two police cars to direct traffic.

There were no injuries.

“It’s a vacant building,” said a police officer at the scene.

“After the smoke is contained, the investigation will begin.”

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It is believed that the fire began on the ground floor.

Abdulrazak Muhamad Kutty, a cook at Tikka restaurant next door, said he saw smoke shortly after noon.

“I was in the restaurant and I saw a lot of smoke and came outside,” said Mr Kutty.

“Then the police arrived.”