Death toll rises after Dubai warehouse fire

Three people arrested as 11 workers are killed in Al Quoz blaze.
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An investigation has been launched in Dubai after a warehouse blaze in the Al Quoz industrial area claimed the lives of 11 workers on Tuesday.

The facility, which comprised of a warehouse, manufacturing unit and staff accommodation, was operated by a perfume company, according to reports.

The workers were asleep in the warehouse when the fire broke out at 12.57am on Tuesday. It is believed they died of suffocation.

Rescue operations were started within minutes by fire fighters from Al Qouz and Barsha civil defence stations, and the blaze was under control in 30 minutes.

A case has now been registered at Bur Dubai Police Station and the investigation is expected to last around two weeks. The company’s manager has already been arrested by police, together with two of his business partners, stated Gulf News.

“It is a violation to have workers residing in the company. They should have followed safety and security regulations by offering their workers proper accommodation,” the newspaper was told by Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, acting chief of Dubai Police.

“The 11 workers were employed in a company specialised in perfumes in Al Quoz Industrial Area 4. Three people are arrested for their responsibility of this situation. Forensic experts are still working on the fire scene to establish the reasons behind the fire,” he added.

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