Dubai – A fire at an apartment block in Dubai’s Meadows neighbourhood has left at least nine residents with burns and several more with serious injuries.
The blaze broke out late on Monday evening in a building used by the condominium group that owns the condos in the area.
“It was a complete explosion,” said Alaa, a resident of the complex.
“There was a lot of smoke and there were some people who were injured, but there were also a lot people who are still being targeted and harassed by the people who live in the buildings.”
Alaa said the building has been used for years by the Dubai Condominiums Association (DCA) but this was the first time it had caught fire.
The fire started at the rear of the building and spread towards the front of the property, which is on the ground floor of the Condos Dubai office building.
The firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, which had been started by an electrical fault, the spokesman said.
A spokesman for the fire service said there were no injuries to anyone in the building.
“We are still investigating the cause of the fire, but we are working closely with the fire brigade and other emergency services to find out what caused the fire,” the spokesman told the AP news agency.
The DCA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Dubai Dubai Condos office building, which includes several condominium units, is pictured in the Meadows district of Dubai on September 17, 2019.
The building was constructed in the early 1980s and was owned by the DCA.
(Getty Images) The Dubai condo office building is seen in the front window of the Dubai Dubai condos office in the Dubai area of the city.
(Photo by Mohammed bin Rashid/Reuters) ‘I heard a bang, saw a huge explosion’: Residents say they were left with burns after a blaze broke OUT at a DCA condominium building in the UAE on Sunday night.
The owner of the condo building told Al Jazeera that the fire started in a room, and it spread to other rooms.
“The smoke was so thick,” he said.
“Some people were injured.”
Residents said they were forced to evacuate because of the smoke, but no injuries were reported.
“I heard one explosion, and then there was a huge bang and then the smoke started spreading everywhere,” said a resident named Mohammad, who declined to give his last name.
Mohammad said he and his family escaped through a window.
“Everyone was screaming, because the smoke was getting thicker,” he added.
Residents have described the fire as being caused by a fault.
The UAE government has said it is investigating the blaze and that it is “aware of the reports”.
The fire broke out at a building belonging to the Dubai DCA, which has a lease in the complex, according to Dubai’s municipal authority.
The spokesman said the fire was “under control” by Sunday evening.
The Ministry of Interior has been informed of the incident.
“Residents should not panic and should take precautionary measures to avoid smoke from escaping the building,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the DAC has not issued a statement, and no further details about the fire were available.
Dubai’s government has been criticised in recent years for poor building standards and high rates of construction failure, leading to major construction failures and other problems for the residents.
In the early 1990s, the government launched a major refurbishment program to improve building standards, including building code compliance, but many residents complained of the quality of the renovation.