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Tall ladder used as over 200 rescued from building on fire
September 3, 2015, 8:19 am
Fire erupts in 16-storey Al-Shaab structure

More than 200 individuals were rescued from a ten-storey residential building in Farwaniya area after fire broke out in the basement of the building. According to sources, when the Control Room of Kuwait Fire Service Directorate received information about the fire, firefighters rushed to the location, analyzed the situation and formed two teams.

While one team evacuated more than 200 tenants, most of who were sleeping, from the building, the other team entered the basement and extinguished the fire. They discovered that the basement was used for storing furniture and sponges. KFSD urged owners of buildings and real-estate to avoid using such places for storage purposes if it can lead to the death of people and damages to their properties. It affirmed that those who do not abide by the rules in this regard will be referred to the concerned authorities for strict action against them.

Meanwhile, a huge fire engulfed a 16-storey building under construction in Shaab area. Firefighters used the second highest fire ladder in the world for extinguishing this fire. According to the Department for Public Relations and Media at KFSD, when the Control Room of KFSD received information about the fire, firefighters rushed to the location and discovered that the heavy wind was aggravating the fire. In order to extinguish the fire, they inaugurated the second highest fire ladder in the world. Despite the strong winds, firefighters succeeded in controlling the fire. Director of KFSD Lieutenant General Yousef Al-Ansari was present at the location along with high-ranking officials to guide and supervise the operation.

Also, fire broke out in a shop inside a commercial complex in Farwaniya area, which resulted in huge material losses but no casualties. According to security sources, when the Control Room of Kuwait Fire Service Directorate received information about the shop on fire, firefighters rushed to the location with securitymen and paramedics. They evacuated all the people from the complex, which contained shops and apartments, and extinguished the fire within a short time. Supervisor of Fire Protection Department of Farwaniya Governorate Colonel Eng. Adel Al-Kandari was present at the location and he noticed several violations committed in the complex.

He sent a warning to the complex owner and demanded him to visit the department for necessary legal procedures in this regard. And, Mangaf firefighters put out a fire that broke out in a ground electrical cable at Sabahiya reports Al- Shahed daily.

Sources said emergency team from the Ministry of Electricity and Water took over the operation after the firemen had extinguished the blaze. In another incident, a firefighting team from Mangaf Fire Station doused the fire that engulfed three vehicles which were parked in front of a house in Mangaf. The team rushed to the location after the Operations Unit at Kuwait Fire Service Directorate received information on the fire incident. When the firemen arrived at the scene, they saw three vehicles in flames which reached the tent beside the house.

They doused the fire in record time. An unidentified person suffered shortness of breath due to the heavy smoke that surrounded the area and he was provided treatment on the spot. No other injuries or casualties were reported. A case was registered and investigations are in progress to determine the actual cause of fire.

Source: Arab Times

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