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Video: Tenants of fire-hit Sharjah tower recall ordeal – News

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Many tenants have been accommodated in a hotel apartment in Sharjah’s Al Taawun area.

A day after a massive blaze tore through a residential tower in Sharjah’s Al Nahda, its residents are still coming to terms with the loss of their homes overnight.

A three-hour firefighting operation mounted by the Sharjah Civil Defence that involved teams from several stations brought the blaze at Abbco Tower under control by 11.55am on Tuesday. (Photos: High-rise tower catches fire in Sharjah)




Over 250 families were evacuated from the 49-storey building as a result of the fire. About 12 residents sustained injuries, of which three had to be hospitalised.

“We managed to grab phones and debit cards.”

At the site on Wednesday, an Indian couple recalled the ordeal, saying they did not realise their tower was on fire until someone from a neighbouring building alerted them.

Video: Tenants of fire-hit Sharjah tower recall ordeal (KT2402756.PNG)Photo: Sharanya and Abhinav

Confused and scared, Abhinav and Sharanya couple did not know how to react at first. The building’s fire alarm jolted them into rushing down from their 33rd floor. All they managed to grab were their phones and debit cards.

They said they spent the night at a relative’s house.

“All my documents are inside’

Another Indian tenant of the building, Mohammad, said he is in the country looking for a job.

Video: Tenants of fire-hit Sharjah tower recall ordeal (KT2402856.PNG)

Photo: Mohammed with brother Munir.

“My documents are all inside, all I have is some money and my phone.”

Many tenants like Mohammed and his brother have been accommodated in a hotel apartment in Sharjah’s Al Taawun area. They arrived at the site early on Wednesday, hoping to go back into their apartments to retrieve some important documents and belongings.

“My cat is stuck in my apartment on the 20th floor”

A 21-year-old Gabriel LA Victoria is despondent, not just because of the mayhem caused by a fire in his residential apartment but his little caught is still stuck inside.

Video: Tenants of fire-hit Sharjah tower recall ordeal (KT2402956.PNG)Photo: Gabriel LA Victoria

“My one-year-old cat Khalisi is stuck in my apartment on the 20th floor. I am really worried for her. The area has been cordoned off and nobody can go inside anytime soon. Earlier when we rushed down, we didn’t think the fire would be this serious. But this way beyond what we had imagined. ”

Gabriel’s 44 year old with whom he lives, had an equally tough time running down from the 20th floor. He adds, “We laughing and planning¬† to cook our dinner when we heard the alarm. So I just grabbed some important documents and ran down. Luckily, there was no stampede, but a lot of smoke on the stairscase and quite hazy. When we came down there were firefighters and civil defense teams. That’s when we understood how serious the situation was.” Gabriel and his aunt spent the night at a hotel accommodation in Al Nahda, Sharjah.





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