x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Fire razes labourer rest cabins

Fire destroyed a set of cabins used by labourers for their mandatory mid-day breaks.

A project manager with Trojan Contracting, the company overseeing the project, said there were no injuries but gave few other details.
A project manager with Trojan Contracting, the company overseeing the project, said there were no injuries but gave few other details.

ABU DHABI // Thirty-seven portable cabins used by labourers for their mandatory midday breaks were destroyed in a fire on Sunday night.

Firefighters rushed to the site of the Armed Forces Command of Military Works, which is being built in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, to find the cabins ablaze.

About 100 labourers used the cabins but no one was in them at the time of the fire, about 7pm. The workers yesterday took their break in the shade of the building.

A project manager with Trojan Contracting, the company overseeing the project, said there were no injuries but gave few other details.

"This is the property of the Armed Forces so I can't discuss what happened," he said.

Abu Dhabi Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

In Sharjah yesterday, at least 13 people, including nine children, were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire gutted a flat in Al Butina.

The fire, believed to have been caused by a short circuit in an air-conditioning unit, started about 1.30pm and firemen arrived some five minutes later, said Capt Mansour Al Suwaidi, the director of fire stations at Sharjah Civil Defence.

Capt Al Suwaidi said it took about half an hour to control the blaze and stop it spreading to other flats. All 42 flats in the four-storey building were without power last night.

An official at Al Qassimi Hospital said 13 victims of smoke inhalation had been treated and discharged.

Also on Sunday night, an explosion in an air-conditioning unit in Al Ain was blamed for a fire that destroyed a tent connected to a villa in Al Ghafa district. No one was injured.

* With additional reporting by Yasin Kakande

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