x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Three die in Al Ain blaze

A mother, daughter and baby from the same family die in a fire in Al Ain, with another family member suffering a heart attack after hearing the news.

Three members of the same family died in a fire in Al Ain, with another member of the family suffering a heart attack after hearing the news. Colonel Hamed al Amimi, head of the Al Ain police department, confirmed that three people of the same Emirati family had died. The mother, 26, daughter, three, and a baby, 14 months, choked to death on the second floor of a relative's home on Tuesday night. It is not known if three-year-old and the baby were siblings. The three were visiting the familial grandfather's house. Another two children - both girls aged two and two months old - and three women from that household, one aged 17 and two of whom were aged 20, were also injured. The grandfather, 59, suffered a heart attack after hearing the news that his family had perished in the fire. Investigations are still underway to determine the cause of the fire. It took two hours for the firemen to bring the blaze under control. According to a preliminary report by the police, the cause of the fire was likely to be an incense burner combined with an electric short circuit. Those injured were taken to nearby Tawam and Al Ain hospitals. The fire led to the release of toxic gases, which was inhaled by the victims. The police said certain safety precautions should be taken with incense burners, and that burners should not be left on the floor, or placed inside cupboards or wardrobes used for storing clothes. Col al Amimi also recommended that electrical appliances, including air conditioners, and television sets should not be left turned on for long periods of time and that homes should also be equipped with fire extinguishers. sbhattacharya@thenational.ae