Sharjah building fire: Filipina among 5 dead, husband among 44 injured

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A Filipina was among five people killed in a fire that broke out in a residential building in Sharjah, the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and Northern Emirates confirmed.

The incident happened on Thursday evening, leaving 44 others injured, including 10 Filipinos, among them the victim’s husband, according to the consulate. The number of casualties make it the deadliest fire in Sharjah in 2024.

“The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai mourns the tragic loss of one Filipina compatriot and is closely monitoring the condition of her husband, currently in intensive care, following a devastating fire in Sharjah’s Al Nahda area,” according to the consulate in a statement to the media.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and pray for the swift recovery of her husband, as well as ten other injured Filipinos who are receiving necessary medical attention,” the consulate added, echoing an outpouring of grief from residents for casualties in the fire.

The fire in Sharjah also claimed the life of a Kenyan man, who jumped to his death in an attempt to escape the fire. The body has been transferred to the forensic laboratory. Others also killed in the fire included an Indian man and woman, and a Bangladeshi man.

According to reports, at least 156 residents of the 38-storey building were evacuated when the fire broke out. Of the 44 people injured, 27 have been discharged as of Saturday, while 17 were undergoing treatment.

Evacuees have been provided temporary accommodation in a nearby hotel, and have received support from the Emirates Red Crescent Authority. Among the evacuees are 18 children between the age of 1 and 10 years, authorities said.

On Sunday (April 7), some residents have been allowed to return to their apartments, an official said.

What caused the Sharjah building fire?

An investigation into the cause of the building fire is underway, but initial investigation revealed that the fire broke out in the electrical transformers in the upper floors. Investigation also revealed that the fire spread rapidly to the upper floors due to waste materials lying in the hallways.

The residential building in Al Nahda comprised of 33 residential floors, 750 apartments, and five parking levels. It is part of a three-tower block, with the fire breaking out in Block B. ICA/Expat Media

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