x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Huge blaze in warehouse complex

Dozens of firefighters spent more than four hours battling a huge blaze which broke out at a cargo warehouse complex in Jebel Ali Free Zone last night.

The plume of black smoke could be seen for miles.
The plume of black smoke could be seen for miles.

DUBAI // Dozens of firefighters spent more than four hours battling a huge blaze which broke out at a cargo warehouse complex in Jebel Ali Free Zone last night. Several fire engines worked to extinguish the fire which started at the Modern Freight Company (MFC) cargo centre shortly before 6.30pm. A colossal plume of acrid black smoke rose into the sky, arching over the Sheikh Zayed Road, which could be seen for miles.

The smoke was clearly visible to commuters travelling to and from Dubai. No one was thought to be injured in the fire, the cause of which has not yet been established. Some witnesses reported hearing an explosion shortly before the fire took hold at the warehouse complex, which stores sea-freight cargo. "I heard a big bang at about 6.30pm," said Mohammed Jaradat, 37, who works as the executive manager at Naffco, a nearby company which provides firefighting equipment. "We went outside after about 10 minutes and saw the flames. It was really hot, even about 200 metres away.

"I work for a fire-safety company so we arranged for one of our fire trucks to come down and help put out the fire. "There are big concrete walls around the building, so that helped stop the fire spreading." No one from MFC was available to comment last night. A Civil Defence spokesman said several wooden warehouses had caught on fire.
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