Daijiworld Media Network - Dubai
Dubai, Apr 16: A fire that broke out in an older neighbourhood of Dubai, UAE, has resulted in at least 16 fatalities and nine injuries, according to authorities on Sunday.
The blaze occurred on Saturday in Al Ras, which is one of Dubai's oldest and most densely populated areas. The National cited a statement from Dubai Civil Defence, provided by the Dubai Media Office, for the death toll.
Al Ras is also home to the Dubai Spice Market, which is a popular tourist attraction located near the Dubai Creek.
The authorities have not yet given a statement regarding the cause of the fire, but the Civil Defence hinted at a problem in the five-story apartment building that may have led to the tragedy.
The government statement reportedly said that the Civil Defence "stressed the importance of residential and commercial building owners and residents fully complying with security and safety requirements and guidelines to avoid accidents and protect people’s lives."
The Associated Press has requested comment from the authorities, but they have not responded yet.