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.
Brigadier Shaikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, said five people sustained minor injuries and they were treated at the site. A pregnant woman was rushed to Shaikh Khalifa Hospital as she suffered from dyspnea.
Ajman Civil Defence tweeted early Tuesday morning that although the fire had been controlled, the cooling process was underway.
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.
Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, rushed to Ajman to follow-up on the details of the firefighting operations, through the Command and Control Center at Ajman Central Operations Room at the Directorate General of Civil Defense in Ajman.
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.”
Tower 6 was gutted by midnight as the inferno continue to rage through the building.
It didn’t appear to spread to any other building after tearing through tower 8, 7, and 6.
Many tenants were in tears as the building burned. Huge crowds that gathered to watch the incident dispersed somewhat after midnight but many people continued to take pictures and videos.
“All I have left are the clothes on my back, ” said an Indian tenant of tower 6, who lived on floor 22.
“My colleague is coming to pick me up. I am too disturbed to make sense of it all.”
Buildings in the complex apparently untouched by the fire were empty as tenants had been evacuated.