Firefighter injured at Reem Island blaze in Abu Dhabi
Emergency services give safety warning after warehouse fire
A firefighter was hurt as crews battled a warehouse blaze on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.
Emergency services were called in to action after a fire spread between two warehouses at about 3pm on Wednesday.
Abu Dhabi Civil Defence said the fire ignited quickly because of the presence of flammable materials, such as wood, in the warehouses.
The firefighter suffered moderate injuries while helping to bring the incident under control.
Rapid intervention teams joined civil defence, ambulance and police patrols at the site and were able to prevent the fire from spreading to neighbouring buildings.
Abu Dhabi Civil Defence called on owners of industrial buildings and facilities to comply with safety requirements and ensure that fire extinguishers are on site.
The third major fire in less than a year on the residential island sent a plume of thick black smoke across the city on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said that a storage facility, used to keep industrial materials such as wooden pellets as well as diesel, caught fire following a loud bang.
They said they believed the fuel had somehow been set alight, with the fire then spreading rapidly.
The fire broke out on the south-east of the island, close to the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi campus and construction workers’ accommodation.
“It is storage, used for concrete barriers, things like that,” one worker at the scene said, as he observed the flaming building.
“It started like a big blast. It suddenly erupted and there was all the smoke, and it quickly made a big fire.
“An hour after it started the fire engines are still coming. They need to refill the fire hydrants which are all emptied. But I have been told no one is injured – it is only property damage.”
About two hours after the blaze was first reported, flames were still reaching about four metres in height.
Firefighters worked to get the blaze under control using hoses deployed from an aerial work platform, and were barely visible from the ground because of the thick black smoke that engulfed the emergency workers.
Several police patrols and ambulances also attended the scene, with police officers clearing pedestrians from the area.
Updated: December 27, 2018 12:44 PM