Fire strikes building in Sharjah
Over 250 families are left homeless after tragedy
Fire struck a 26-floor tower in Sharjah on Thursday, leaving 250 families homeless.
It has been said that the fire started early afternoon on the first floor and quickly spread through the building, taking less than an hour to reach the 26th floor. Residents were then evacuated by Air wing and the police while fire fighters worked on minimizing the flames.
Around 40 residents were treated by ambulances for smoke suffocation and some were injured in a stampede to the fire exits however no major casualties were reported.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Sharjah Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and the president of the Emirates Red Crescent, ordered aid and suitable housing for residents that have been made homeless as a result of the fire. Residents will live temporarily in apartments provided until restoration of the tower is complete.
Residents have spoken saying that the building lacked fire protection equipment such as alarms, singulars and extinguishers. The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigation of the apartments are still ongoing.