Iman Al Safaqsi gets a visit from officials of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.


Hero in Abu Dhabi fire recovering in hospital

An Arab woman who saved people from a fire that broke out in a building in Abu Dhabi is recovering in hospital and has been praised by officials for her heroic efforts.

Iman Al Safaqsi was injured while assisting those who were hurt in the building fire in the Khalidiya area on May 23. The fire broke out after a gas cylinder exploded in a restaurant at the ground floor of the building.

Al Safaqsi’s husband, Sami Al Masoudi, told media that his wife called him at work on that fateful day to say that she wanted to help the injured.

“She said she had had heard an explosion and found that some people had been injured. She wanted to assist them, so I told her to keep safe. She had then taken water and wet towels to help the injured when a second explosion happened, and she was severely injured,” Al Masoudi said.

Al Safaqsi is now in stable condition at the hospital. Ali Saeed Al Neyadi, Chairman of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, visited her on Friday (June 24).

Al Neyadi praised Al Safaqsi for our “courageous deed in helping the injured” and wished her a speedy recovery.

The gas cylinder explosion and subsequent fire killed an Indian national and a Pakistani national. It also injured 120 people and damaged six buildings and shops. ICA/Expat Media

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