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Massive fire breaks out at Sharjah residential tower

Massive fire breaks out at Sharjah residential tower

All the residents from the 328 apartments were evacuated with only minor injuries reported

A massive blaze broke out at a high-rise residential tower in Sharjah on Tuesday night, which firefighters later managed to control.

All the residents from the 328 apartments were evacuated and 12 people, who were injured, were treated on site, officials said.

Three of them had to be transported to hospital for further treatment.

The fire broke out at the 49-storey Abbco Tower in Sharjah’s Al Nahda area at around 9.04pm on Tuesday night.

Sharjah civil defence and police rushed to scene within six minutes after the receiving the alert and were able to put out the blaze in two hours.

Police used drones to check if there were any people trapped inside the apartments, a statement on Facebook said.

Vehicles parked below the building were also damaged in the accident.

Police said since all the residents were evacuated before the fire spread, serious injuries were avoided. They were also able to contain the fire from not spreading to the neighbouring buildings.

Relevant authorities are ensuring that alternative accommodation is provided for the residents, the statement added.

Videos shared on social media showed the tower engulfed in flames as debris flew around the area.

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