Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 August 2019

Fire breaks out on Abu Dhabi's Lulu Island

Witnesses have reported a fire on an island near Abu Dhabi's Corniche

A fire broke out on Lulu Island, Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. The cause is not yet known. Khushnum Bhandari / The National
A fire broke out on Lulu Island, Abu Dhabi, on Thursday. The cause is not yet known. Khushnum Bhandari / The National

The authorities were battling a large fire on Lulu Island, opposite the Corniche in Abu Dhabi, on Thursday evening, with the cause and extent of the blaze unclear.

Witnesses reported seeing smoke from the fire rising above the island before it drifted across the capital’s Corniche and boats gathered near the site.

The fire started at about 11am, according to social media posts which showed a plume of black smoke.

The smoke was visible from as far as the other end of Abu Dhabi island throughout the afternoon, blanketing the capital’s skyscrapers.

The wave-breaker area near the island and the Corniche was closed by Civil Defence until the fire was brought under control.

Witnesses reported that a helicopter was sent out to investigate, and that although the flames started to die down at about 3.15pm after firefighters’ efforts, they began to grow again.

A fire was reported on Lulu Island, not far from the capital's Corniche. Courtesy: Michael Grotzke
A fire was reported on Lulu Island, not far from the capital's Corniche. Courtesy: Michael Grotzke

The flames, which are on the eastern side of the island, were described as being “taller than a palm tree”.

It appeared the fire was being fanned by a breeze blowing it farther west across the island. The cause of the fire was not clear and no injuries were reported.

Lulu Island is a man-made island that was built as a breakwater to protect Abu Dhabi island from the sea.

It was also intended to be a tourist attraction, but a road linking it to the main island has not yet been completed.

Lulu was designed to be the same shape as Abu Dhabi island, but a fifth of the size.

The fire has been burning for around three hours, according to social media videos. Courtesy: Rachel Link
The fire has been burning for around three hours, according to social media videos. Courtesy: Rachel Link

Updated: March 31, 2019 11:20 AM

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