Two people died escaping Dubai apartment fire
Two men died and another was seriously injured while trying to escape a Dubai apartment that set on fire. The men fell to their death after leaping out of a third-floor window.
According to Dubai Civil Defence the blaze tore through a one-bedroom flat, which was being shared by approximately 20 people, in Dubai’s International City. Brigadier Ahmed Obaid Al Sayegh, assistant director general, told 7Days newspaper: “Our initial checks of the fire site have revealed it is a one bedroom-flat with 10 people sharing the bedroom and another 12 people sharing the living room with an open kitchen.” He explained: “The fire had started in the kitchen and spread to the living room, so the mattresses that were lined up tightly next to each other caught fire and caused heavy, dense smoke.”
The force received a call regarding a fire in the English Cluster at 9:42pm and the fire was brought under control at 10:06pm, but the apartment was already completely destroyed. The firefighters were luckily able to rescue seven people in the flat who were huddled by a window attempting to escape the severe smoke.
Al Sayegh added that overcrowded apartments are a fire hazard: “Having large numbers of people in flats or buildings is a fire hazard and is against health and safety regulations.”
The cause of the blaze is currently still being investigated.