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Seven injured in massive fire at Sharjah residential tower, over 250 families evacuated

Gulf Sharjah Tower Fire: The fire also damaged a number of cars parked in the area, as debris and flames were blown on to them by strong winds. More than 250 families were evacuated from the building, which was constructed in 2006.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2020 7:49:47 pm
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Sharjah fire LIVE updates: As many as seven people were injured in a massive fire that broke out at a residential building in Al Nahda in Sharjah late on Tuesday. While these seven were treated at the site, five others were rushed to a hospital after they complained of suffocation, according to Khaleej Times.

The fire erupted on the tenth floor of the Abbco Tower at 9.04 pm, Colonel Sami Al Naqbi, Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Khaleej Times. According to eyewitness accounts, the fire erupted in the building located next to the Taj Bangalore restaurant. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The high-rise has 47 floors, excluding parking, according to a report by the Gulf News. The fire was doused and no casualties have been reported. Authorities had evacuated residents of the building and from the neighbouring high-rises, the report said.

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The fire also damaged a number of cars parked in the area as it spread due to strong winds. More than 250 families were evacuated from the building, which was constructed in 2006.

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It is also not clear whether there are any Indians residing in the residential tower. A statement from the Indian Embassy in UAE is awaited.

Images of the Sharjah tower in flames are reminiscent of the blaze in Grenfell Tower in 2017. Fire had engulfed the 24-storey high-rise block of apartments in central London on, killing at least six people and injuring 74.

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