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Video: US mansion owned by UAE embassy gutted by fire

Video: US mansion owned by UAE embassy gutted by fire

No one was injured in the blaze at the $2.7m mansion

A mansion in Northern Virginia, owned by the UAE embassy in the US, was destroyed in a massive blaze on Saturday, according to American media reports.

No one was injured in the blaze at the mansion in Fairfax County, officials said.

Six people and two dogs were rescued during the incident, Fairfax County fire officials told The Washington Post.

It took firefighters 12 hours to put out the blaze.

Two men lived at the five-bedroom, six-bathroom house, which is reportedly worth $2.7m.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, the newspaper quoted one of the residents as saying.

However, Paul Ruwe, a deputy chief with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, told the paper that said investigators had not yet determined a cause.

Witnesses claimed it took 30 minutes for firefighters to tackle the blaze because there were no fire hydrants nearby.

“They were all waiting for a water supply,” Mohammed Almansouri, one of the residents at the mansion, told The Washington Post.

“It was a small fire in the beginning, but after time, the fire went up, up, up” until flames were rising from the roof, he added.

But the paper quoted Ruwe as saying that a 30-minute delay due to a distant hydrant “is way outside the realm of possibility.”

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