Thursday, March 27, 2008

Al Quoz Fire Smoke across Dubai for at least two more days

The site of the Al Quoz fire will continue to billow smoke across Dubai for at least two more days, the Civil Defence has warned.

The fire which was sparked by a massive explosion at an illegal fireworks warehouse on Wednesday was finally extinguished at 8.00pm, 13 hours after it began.

Colonel Ahmad Al Sayegh of the Dubai Civil Defence, said firefighters would need to douse the still smoking ruins until at least Saturday.He denied reports that attempts to control the fire in its early stages had been hampered by reinforcements being delayed by congestion on Dubai roads.

“For fire like this with such flammable materials, we could not have sent our people in straight away. We had to put their safety first and wait until we knew it was safe for them to go in and begin to cool the fire.”

Meanwhile police have arrested the owner of the illegal fireworks warehouse, according to state news agency Wam.

Dubai Police's Criminal Investigations Department said they had interviewed the owner of the warehouse for storing fireworks illegally.

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