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Emirati mother’s heroic act saves three children from fire

The burning AC exploded just seconds after the children and their mother were out of the room.

An Emirati mother have  rescued her three children after the explosion of air conditioner in their house at Khuzam in Ras Al Khaimah.

Sources at the RAK civil defence said the mother, who lost the key of the door, broken the window glass of her children’s room to rescue them.

“The room was filled with heavy smoke, but she helped them out one by one without thinking of her safety.”

The mother, after saving the lives of her children,  managed to get out of the broken widow in complete darkness seconds before the AC was exploded.

The central operations room of RAK police dispatched police patrols, ambulances, firefighters, paramedics, and rescue teams to the site in record time.

“Investigations showed that a short circuit caused the fire in the air conditioner of the children’s room, after which the AC gas leaked, and the room was entirely filled with heavy smoke.”

“The burning AC then exploded just seconds after the three children and their mother were out.”

The RAK civil defence teams immediately cordoned off the house on fire and evacuated nearby houses to ensure people’s safety.

“The heavy smoke was first sucked out, and then water and foam were used in putting out the blaze before the flames spread out to the entire house or nearby houses.”

The three kids and their mother received first aid after the incident.

“The three kids sustained minor injuries while being pushed out of the broken window glass, while the mother received serious injuries in her shoulder.”

 “If she was late for few seconds, she might not have been able to rescue them, herself or even the entire house,” officials said.

They said people need to check all electric supplies and gadgets, particularly air conditioners which are now used for longer hours due to rising temperatures.

“The ACs working for long hours, bad quality devices, poor electric supplies and lack of regular maintenance are some of the main reasons for fatal fires.”

On June 24, 2018, an Emirati mother lost all her children following fire at their villa in Fujairah. Her seven children aged between five and 13 years were suffocated to death in the wee hours.


Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.

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