Two killed in Dubai warehouse inferno

March 26th, 2008 - 5:22 pm ICT by admin  

Dubai, March 26 (IANS) At least two people were killed and one seriously injured after two explosions at a fireworks store early Wednesday morning touched off fire in about 50 warehouses in the Al Quoz area here. A huge explosion a little after 7 a.m. at the fireworks warehouse in the area, reportedly illegal, was followed by another explosion an hour later.

The dead are believed to be security guards working in nearby buildings, according to sources, and their nationalities are yet to be ascertained.

Heavy traffic congestion on the roads leading to the scene of the accident slowed the arrival of fire control forces from other emirates, thereby hampering efforts to bring the fire under control.

According to radio reports, all schools in the area were in the process of being evacuated.

The police have erected blockades in the area, which is just behind the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road.

There are around 80 warehouses in the area.

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