UAE | Emergencies

Fire destroys perfume factory in Ras Al Khor

Strong winds make firefighting difficult as fire rages at Chemcrown International

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:48 August 22, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News
  • Fire broke out at a perfume factory in Ras Al Khor Industrial area, sending a thick plume of smoke over Dubai.
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Dubai: A major perfume factory has been gutted completely in a fire that threatened to spread to adjoining units for nearly 10 hours.

At least a dozen firefighting engines were pressed into action at Chemcrown International perfumes factory in Ras Al Khor, trying to contain the fire that started around 12.30pm.

A civil defence worker, who was part of the team working to control the fire, said that they have been fighting for the last four hours and may well take another five hours to douse the blaze. The blaze continued until late in the evening.

Thick clouds of smoke could be seen from most parts of Dubai while the police cordoned off the the area, closed the service roads and evacuated people from the nearby warehouses.

Around 25 people were working inside the factory when the fire broke out but there were no reports of injuries.

“We ran out as soon as we smelled something burning and somebody immediately called Civil Defence. When we came out we realised that the fire was already big and within minutes it had spread to the entire unit. I think we came out just in time,” one of the workers, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Burnt pieces of boxes and glass bottles of perfume were scattered around. Thick plumes of black smoke bellowing out of the factory blanketed the sky above Ras Al Khor and strong winds only made matters worse for the firefighting units.

Comments (5)

  1. Added 12:28 August 23, 2012

    Travelling from al garhoud heading Shaikh Zayed road, black smoke can be seen up to Dubai Mall..

    Venus, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:31 August 23, 2012

    yea. i could see that from our Ras Al khor samari Residences balcony. Such thick layer of fumes. i had taken few pictures as well.

    arun, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 22:18 August 22, 2012

    Thanks to the DCD, who act on time..the smoke was visible from International city from 1pm..

    Alex, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 22:17 August 22, 2012

    We witnessed the flame from our balcony in Samari residences. Sure was a huge black smoke. alhamdulilah that no one got hurt.

    Felicity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 20:35 August 22, 2012

    The sky was so black my house is near the fire like 10m away

    Mido Esmail, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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