Ajman: A huge fire gutted at least two buildings in the Ajman One residential cluster of 12 towers close to the border with Sharjah on Monday night. Fire mainly damaged Tower 1.
Officials could not immediately be reached for information on any casualties, but one official said tenants were being evacuated to safety.
Brigadier Saleh Saeed Al Matroushi, Director of Ajman Civil Defence, told Gulf News that civil defence teams were working to put out the fire.
The operations room had received a call about the fire at 9.45pm. Civil Defence, rescue and ambulance teams rushed to the scene. Traffic on roads leading to the area had come to a virtual halt.Bismillah, a Pakistani tenant of Tower 8 in the complex said her three children rushed down 19 floors to safety. Tenants gathered around the complex as the buildings burned.
“We are all very distraught. We have lost everything,” she said.
Several units battled the huge blaze well into the night.
Flames are seen raging while the area has been cordoned off leading to huge traffic jam Ajman and Sharjah.
Fire fighters were busy putting out the fire until late into the night.
“My flat is completed gutted,” said another resident while wiping away tears. “I have lost everything including my documents and I have no place to stay.”
Lt General HH Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, reached Ajman to follow-up on the details of the firefighting operations to extinguish the huge blaze that broke out at Ajman building, through the Command and Control Center at Ajman Central Operations Room at the Directorate General of Civil Defense in Ajman.