Firefighters put off Ajman market, zero casualties reported

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A massive fire that broke out in a fruits and vegetables market in an Ajman souq on Wednesday evening has been put out.

The blaze had been brought under control in three hours and no casualties have been reported, according to Major General Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ajman Police.

The souq has been closed for four months due to Covid-19 safety measures.

“Civil Defence units and 25 police and ambulance vehicles responded immediately, reaching the incident site within three minutes and were able to isolate neighbouring buildings and bring the fire under control,” said Sheikh Sultan Al Nuaimi.

The police evacuated the building and a cooling operation was instigated at the site.

Investigations are underway into the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from civil defence stations in Dubai, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain joined the Ajman force in battling the blaze.

The fire broke out in the emirate’s new industrial area. Several fire engines were seen rushing to the spot to put out the blaze.

The Ajman civil defence had earlier urged motorists to take alternative routes.

“Ajman firefighters cordoned off the site and used water and foam in extinguishing the blaze which spread to several shops at the market,”