Sharjah firefighters ask for help to deal with two blazes

Sharjah firefighters fought two big blazes and called in assistance from other emirates.

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Firefighters in Sharjah yesterday requested help from other emirates to cope with two big fires in industrial areas.

The first fire was in Industrial Area 18. It gutted a diesel depot, said Col Mohammed Hassan bu Taweel, acting director general of Sharjah Civil Defence. The blaze lasted from 1pm to about 5pm.

Civil defence teams from Ajman, Sharjah and Dubai all helped to extinguish it. Several cars were destroyed. The second fire, in Industrial Area 17, destroyed furniture and mattress warehouses, Col bu Taweel said.

That fire started around 3pm, continuing until 5pm.

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