Ajman: Six people died when a massive fire broke out in a villa near Al Hamidiya area in Ajman on Tuesday.
An Emirati mother was burned to death while her three daughters aged 11, 14, 17, died of suffocation when their villa went up in flames at around 8:45am, Brig Saleh Al Matroushi, director general of Ajman Civil Defence, told Gulf News.
Two housemaids the family had employed were also killed in the fire.
Firefighters were able to rescue the woman’s 15-year-old son from the burning villa, Al Matroushi said.
The Emirati mother, a widow, managed to alert the police control room about the fire but she collapsed halfway through the call.
Civil Defence officials said they eventually traced the location by tracking the plume of smoke.
The victims’ remains were handed over to their relatives for burial. Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.