See how Sharjah Police dealt with residential building fire

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Nevin Al Sukari - Abu Dhabi - Sharjah Police personnel give drinking water to affected residents.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

Footage taken by Gulf Today showed the damage caused to the façade a residential tower in Al Nahda, Sharjah.

The residential tower consists of 49 floors, comprising 328 apartments. The fire resulted in 7 injuries, which received on-site medical treatment, while 3 cases were transferred to the hospital. There was no loss of life.

Sharjah civil defense cadres dealt with the fire in an immediate response time of no more than 6 minutes, where the residents were evacuated and drones were used to detect people inside the apartments.

Preliminary information showed that the fire broke out at 9:04pm on Tuesday. All Sharjah cadres from civil defense, central operations, police operations, national ambulance, Emirates Red Crescent and Sharjah Municipality were mobilized to deal with the course of events. The operation was carried out in the presence of Brigadier Ahmed Al Serkal, Acting Director General of Police Operations, Brigadier Ibrahim Al Ajil, Director of Criminal Investigation Department, Colonel Sami Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defense, Colonel Ali Abu Al Zoud, Deputy Director General of Central Operations, and a large number of senior officers of Sharjah Police and Civil Defense.

shj-Police-fire-1 Sharjah Police officers discuss ways of putting out the building fire.

Al Naqbi emphasized that all the civil defence cadres exerted concerted efforts to deal with the fire and bring it under control soonest possible, noting that all the residents were evacuated before the blazes spread and this helped avoid serious injuries and prevented the fire from spreading to the neighbouring buildings. The civil defence cadres are co-ordinating with the concerned authorities to provide accommodation to the residents, he said.

Building-Fire-Shj A view of the building in flames. 

The national ambulance took part in rescuing the injured residents after being evacuated by the civil defence cadres and three of the injured were taken to Al Qasimi Hospital for the necessary medical treatment.

As soon as it received the fire report, the National Ambulance’s operations room sent 5 ambulances and a first responder vehicle, while the emergency plan was activated to deal with multiple injuries. This included activating the sorting and classification area and taking the necessary action in terms of providing the necessary first aid, sending early warning to the hospital to receive the expected cases. The co-operation, solidarity and speed of the respondents in dealing with the event led to controlling the fire and preserving the safety of all residents.

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