Black smoke seen billowing out of Industrial Area near National Paints Roundabout
Sharjah: A large fire destroyed five warehouses in Sharjah Industrial Area 11 on Saturday morning.
Thick, black smoke was visible for several kilometres as the fire raged. The gutted warehouses included two housing wood and spare car parts.
Colonel Khalid Bin Kanoon, acting Director-General of Sharjah Civil Defence, told Gulf News that the blaze broke out at around 7.15am.
Firefighters from Sharjah, Dubai, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain worked for six hours to bring the fire under control. One firefighter was injured during the effort. It is not known what caused the fire.
Colonel Bin Kanoon, Colonel Ali Rahma Al Owais , Director of Operations and Major Saeed Obeid Al Suwaidi Director of Civil Defence Centres, supervised the operation.
The fire caused tailbacks during the morning rush hour as motorists slowed down to watch.
The Sharjah Civil Defence said fire incidents increase during the period from May to September.
Authorities have urged owners of industrial and commercial premises to follow safety measures to prevent such incidents.