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Car crash sparks blaze at petrol station on Emirates Road

Civil defence averts disaster but two cars burnt in blaze

  • By Noorhan Barakat and Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporters
  • Published: 18:48 August 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: ARSHAD ALI/Gulf News
  • The Enoc petrol station near the Fruit and Vegtable Market interchange on Emirates Road. The official said two cars were burnt before the fire could be contained.

Dubai: A major disaster was averted at a petrol station on Emirates Road yesterday thanks to the speedy response of Dubai Civil Defence and police to a fire.

The fire broke out at the Enoc petrol station near the Fruit and Vegtable Market interchange on Emirates Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi when a car crashed into one of the pumps, an official at Dubai Civil Defence told Gulf News.

The official said two cars were burnt before the fire could be contained. The fire was reported at 3:52pm. The incident led to a massive traffic jam during the evening rush hour.

The fire was brought under control within seven minutes of being reported, officials added. Fire-fighters from Al Qusais and Al Rashidiya responded to the situation.

Sarah Al Shammari, a Dubai resident who was an eyewitness to the fire, said she was leaving Mirdiff City Centre and could hear “really loud sirens”. When she was on Emirates Road, she said she could see thick smoke and about “five fire trucks, a number of police cars and a couple of ambulances”. She added that the police could be seen cordoning off the road.

“I could see that one of the petrol pumps was completely black and the petrol station’s roof was melting,” Sarah recalled.

The fire caused a huge tailback of traffic on the road.

An ENOC spokesperson said: "While entering one of the retail sites on Emirates Road, a speeding car lost control and hit another vehicle that was fuelling. This caused a fire, which was quickly managed, with the assistance of the Dubai Civil Defence officials.

"No injuries have been reported and the site is currently closed until restoration works are completed.

"The station’s automatic shut-off system turned off fuel supply instantly. The service and sales staff at the site took all emergency measures to manage the incident and undertook all mandatory evacuation procedures.

"A full investigation is being undertaken by the concerned authorities."

Comments (12)

  1. Added 13:53 August 29, 2012

    BLESSINGS OF ALLAH WAS WITH THEM WHO WAS ON PETROL STATION THAT TIME. I FEEL PROUD AFTER READING ARTICLE HOW THE CIVIL DEFENCE PERSONS CARRIED OUT THERE JOB,EVEN I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN SUCH A TEAM WHICH CAN HELP HUMANS.

    AL JABRI, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 13:43 August 29, 2012

    salute to the brave firemen. i am proud that i am in the safe hands. I love UAE.

    Pujan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:35 August 29, 2012

    praise to the courages firemen of Dubai and to the the professional staff of enoc and eppco who are very well trained in customer service and in case of emergencies.

    ahmad, muneer, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:27 August 29, 2012

    Salute! to the Civil Defence. God bless them.

    Jeetendra, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:12 August 29, 2012

    May Allah bless us all ameen.

    Arshad, Karachi, Pakistan

  6. Added 11:31 August 29, 2012

    Accidents are increasing and people seem to have lost the feeling of humanity for others and fear of punishment. Laws should be made extremely strict for such violators of peace and rules. Extremely heavy fines and an un-bailable jail term.

    FARHAN ALI KHAN, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:27 August 29, 2012

    Such people deserve honorary appraisal by the authorities. really unbeleivable job at Petrol station. appreceiated their efforts and courage.

    Sher, Dubai, Pakistan

  8. Added 11:13 August 29, 2012

    Hats off to Civil Defence! However, I occasionally use this petrol station and entrance of this petrol station is very badly built, its abrupt and steep, anyone can lose control even.

    Adnan Ansari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:35 August 29, 2012

    praise to the firemen

    sameer, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:24 August 29, 2012

    Salute to these guys who put their lives in danger to save others.

    Tariq, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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