Seven cars BURST into flames in Umm Al Quwain
Thanks to the UAE's soaring mercury, seven cars have caught fire in the past two months in Umm Al Quwain, reports Khaleej Times.
On June 26, two cars were destroyed in a heat-related fire at the Old Umm Al Quwain city. On June 30, a four-wheel-drive car was reduced to ashes in the industrial area. In July, a four-wheel-drive car was gutted in a fire in a house at the Salma residential area. The fire was triggered by scorching summer temperatures. The same month, a heavy truck caught fire and completely charred on Emirates Road apparently due to heat.
In another event, a massive fire broke out in a saloon car on Etihad Road in Hadath area just yesterday.
Col Hassan Ali Mohammed bin Sarm, director of the UAQ civil defence department, said the car suddenly went up in flames though it was parked and was not operating. Traffic police, ambulances, paramedics and rescue teams were all dispatched to the scene. All nearby shops were evacuated and the area was cordoned off.
"The firefighters managed to put out the fire before it could spread to nearby shops and outlets, and no injuries were reported," he added.
Col Hassan Ali Mohammed bin Sarm has requested drivers to carry out regular maintenance service, especially during the sweltering summer months, and in particular to check for any possible fuel or oil leaks, which are mostly to blame for such fires.