Huge fire breaks out in Ajman market, about 50 kilometers from Dubai


A day after the catastrophic explosion in Beirut, a major fire broke out in Ajman market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the evening of August 5. According to international media, the fire broke out in the emirate’s new industrial zone, which is about 50 kilometers from Dubai and engulfs the fruit and vegetable market. Several firefighting devices were reportedly seen rushing towards the site of the incident.

According to reports, fire trucks and civil protection teams diverted traffic until the blaze was brought under control. It took nearly three hours to extinguish the flames and cooling operations are reportedly still underway in the market area. Local media reported that Ajman firefighters cordoned off the site and used water and foam to put out fires that broke out in many stores.

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Beirut explosion

The massive Ajman market fire comes less than 24 hours after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. An investigation to find the exact trigger for the explosion is underway, however, authorities charge tons of ammonium nitrate stored inside the house safe for destruction.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said earlier at a press conference that 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse near the port of Beirut had exploded due to a fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

As the tragedy was declared a “major national disaster”, the Lebanese prime minister vowed to punish the perpetrators, saying those behind the blasts “will pay the price”. According to reports, the death toll has exceeded 100 so far.

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