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Heroes brave fire to avert tragedy in Ras Al Khaimah

Three children and housemaid rescued from house on fire in Ras Al Khaimah

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:10 November 13, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Jamal Saif Ali
  • The five Emirati men who braved the flames engulfing a house to rescue the people trapped inside.

Ras Al Khaimah: Three Emirati children and their housemaid were rescued by five Emiratis who braved flames engulfing a house in Ras Al Khaimah on Monday night.

The three children, two girls and a boy, were at home with their Bangladeshi housemaid while their mother was out.

They were rescued by the Emiratis after the fire broke out in their house in the Al Khat area of Ras Al Khaimah.

Jamal Saif Ali, 32, one of the rescuers, told Gulf News that he saw the fire while he was coming from the mosque towards his house, located in the same area.

He said: “I saw the housemaid in the road, shouting that there were children inside.”

Ali saw another man, Mohammad Obaid, 42, a close neighbour to the burning house, standing on the fence struggling to find a way inside as the front door was closed tight.

“The house was engulfed in smoke and fire. It was a terrible sight, for a moment I paused because I didn’t know where to start. Flames were leaping out of the house from every window and every door,” Ali recalled.

Both Ali and Obaid broke the front door and tried to get inside to the children trapped in their bedrooms.

Ali said: “The children were stuck inside the blazing house.

“I went to the backyard of the house and switched off the power box. We then broke the front door but the blaze prevented us from getting in.

“I went to the back of the house hoping to find a way to enter the children’s room, I found a door and I broke it down with the help of other rescuers but the blaze still held us back.

“We broke the widows to get the smoke out”, Ali said.

Ali added: “We could not see anything because of the darkness, it was hard to find the children because we could not hear them as they had stopped crying.”

“I found first the eldest daughter, aged eight, and took her out, then people at the scene told me there was another six year old girl, I managed to find her and finally I found the little boy, aged four.

“I brought them outside and then the kids were taken by car to hospital,” Ali said.

The rescue operation took 15 minutes.

Their mother arrived after the children were transferred to hospital where their maid was also treated for smoke inhalation.

According to the mother the reason for the fire was an electrical circuit in the house’s bell.

A probe is under way to find the cause of the fire.

An official at Saqr hospital told Gulf News the children’s condition is improving.

The Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence will reward the five young Emiratis who helped in the rescue in the coming days, an official said.

Comments (25)

  1. Added 17:58 November 14, 2012

    Alhamdulillah, Allah gives strength to these five heros for their courageous act. Teach the children in this kind of situation how to react.

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:30 November 14, 2012

    I proud of those five emarity heros and I suggest to learn lesson from them for me they are the international teacher................ well don .

    rajan ghimire, rasal khama, Nepal

  3. Added 16:55 November 14, 2012

    A great, commendable job by the team of members. They are the heros of the nation. God bless them with peace and prosperity.

    veera raghavan, abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 16:40 November 14, 2012

    Mashallah. Very brave act. Allah will give you his reward, inshalalh

    M.sheraz, Dubai, Pakistan

  5. Added 15:22 November 14, 2012

    Well done brothers God bless you all.

    Abdullah M.akram, ras al khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:43 November 14, 2012

    Real heroes.

    Suhail, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:35 November 14, 2012


    SORAYA, DUBAI, Philippines

  8. Added 14:16 November 14, 2012

    May the Almighty Allah bless and save them forever from any circumstances they face in their lives.

    Mariam, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 14:06 November 14, 2012

    I salute to those emirati men who were brave enough to save lives. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!

    Elizabeth Acob, Ras Al Khaima, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:05 November 14, 2012

    Mashallah. I hope this story encourages people in Dubai to help others too. Sadly, the past events have proved that some people are very hesitant to lend a helping hand to others. The toddler and mother who tragically died in Jumeirah Lake Towers could have been helped if people tried to rescue them. A lone security guard did all he could to help, but it wasnt enough.

    farida, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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