Sharjah fire: Newly married Indian couple among casualties

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An Indian man and woman were among five people killed in a fire that broke out in a residential building in Sharjah, the Consulate General of India confirmed.

The incident happened on Thursday night, and also killed a Filipina, a Bangladeshi man, as well as a Kenyan man who jumped to his death to escape the fire in the high rise.

Family members identified the Indian female victim as a 29-year-old woman from Mumbai. Her husband is reportedly in critical condition in a hospital.

The victim’s friend said the newlywed couple married in Madinah in February and moved to Sharjah to start their new life in the residential building where the deadly fire occurred.

Social worker Ashraf Thamarassery said the Indian woman is expected to be buried in the UAE. Her father and her husband’s brother have reportedly arrived in the emirates.

The tragedy that befell on the Indian couple mirrors that of a Filipino couple, with the wife dead and her husband in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.

Meanwhile, the second Indian victim has been identified as Michael Sathyadass. His brother said that Michael was a sound engineer for DXB Live at Dubai World Trade Center.

On Facebook, Danny Sathyadass said that Michael “chose to be backstage and behind the scenes, literally and figuratively, to ensure that others shine and sound better.” The Dubai World Trade Center also sent an email tribute and praised him for his “exceptional dedication and loyalty” since joining the company in 2022.

In a statement, the Consulate General of India and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai said they have extended support to the victims of the blaze, which residents considered the deadliest in Sharjah in 2024.

“We are in touch with the families of the deceased and have extended all necessary support. We have visited hospitals and met others who are getting treatment. We wish for their speedy and full recovery,” the Consulate General of India said.

The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai said: “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.”

According to authorities, the fire in the 38-storey residential building in Al Nahda also injured 44 people and displaced at least 156 residents. As of Sunday, some of the residents have been allowed to return to their apartments. ICA/Expat Media


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