Sunday, February 19, 2012

Breaking NewsTwo cargo boats carrying cars, food items and various other commodities were gutted into a blaze at the Dubai Creek on Saturday 18th around 7:45 p.m.

There were several blasts that happened during this time; three to four explosions was reportedly due to a gas cylinder blast on board. Eight other blasts rocked around seven boats around the area according to witnesses, but this is still to be confirmed by authorities. According to a police official, the blast went off on the Deira Creek side, which led to the fire. 

Two-three ships catch fire at Dubai Creek, opposite twin towers
Photograph by Khadija Slk ( Click here for more)
Dubai Civil Defense official told Gulf News that the boats were deliberately moved to the Al Seef side in order to avoid further causalities on the other boats harboured. He states, “It was part of the strategy to contain fire and it really helped.”

One sailor sustained minor injury and was taken to the Rashid Hospital for treatment according to Brigadier Ahmad Obaid Al Sayegh, Dubai Civil Defense’s Assistant Director General of Fire and Rescue.

Photo credit: Khaleej Times
(KT photos by Kiran Prasad & Grace Guino)
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Fire fighters, fire engines, fire fighting boats and helicopters worked hard to put out the fire but due to the strong and unfavorable winds, it made the job more difficult. It took them over three hours to bring the fire in control.

Investigations regarding the cause of the fire are still on – going. 

Click here for a compiled list of tweets recounting the story on twitter, last night.

Report by Christine Marie Cherian