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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 14/10/2012

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A short-circuit in an AC placed at a low level caused the fire in the villa in Shabia Abu Nawas of Al Madam on the outskirts of Sharjah on Friday morning. The villa belonged to a UAE family.

KNK, the 53-year-old father and his 20-year-old son, HK, died in the fire while the mother and another eight-year-old son suffered serious injuries. Ten other family members affected by the smoke were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment.

Dr Abdulla Gadir Al Amri, Director of the Forensic Laboratory of the Sharjah Police, told Khaleej Times that investigations indicated that the fire was caused due to a short circuit in an AC. All wire connections in the villa were found to be unsafe, he added.

Ali Al Shamsi, Director-General of Al Dhaid Hospital, said that on Saturday morning, two medically equipped helicopters landed at the hospital to shift the mother and son to Khalifa Military Hospital and Mafraq Hospital for better treatment since their condition was found to be critical. Both have been admitted to the ICU.

The hospital also received 10 cases of suffocation. Most of them were children and they were provided with medical care and discharged the same day, said Dr Amri.

Brig Abdullah Saeed Al Swaidi, Director-General of the Sharjah Department of Civil Defence, said that a police station is under construction in Al Madam area. It would be equipped with fire engines and the station would cover Al Madam district and the surrounding areas.

He denied allegations that fire engines did not respond on time and said they reached the villa within 10 minutes. This times should be considered as fast since the nearest fire station is located 12 km away from the place of the accident.

He added that the firefighters dealt with the accident professionally and the injured were transferred to the hospital immediately.

He explained that the affected villa is small for 14 members of a family to live in. The electric connections were unsafe and the building lacked safety measures. Also, it had only one exit.

Police officials at Al Dhaid police station said the bodies of the fire victims were handed over to the family and were buried on Friday after Zuhr prayer.


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