Fujairah: As many as 13 shops were gutted in a fire that started in Souq Al Juma’a (Friday Market) in Masafi, Fujairah on Saturday evening, Colonel Ali Al Tunaiji, Director General of Fujairah Civil Defence told Gulf News.
The operation room received a call at about 6pm reporting the incident, Col. Al Tunaiji said.
A team of paramedics along with several units of firefighters rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control.
No civilians were injured but huge financial loses were incurred as many shops dealing in vegetables and rug shops were gutted in fire.
Eyewitnesses said that they saw smoke emerging from one shop and the fire spread quickly to the adjacent shops.
Traders and shop assistants, the majority of whom are Asians , said that they have lost everything and it will take a long time for them to recover. Residents and onlookers were seen comforting the shopkeepers.
Eyewitnesses said that the fire had not only destroyed a market but a historical landmark of Masafi that stood testimony to a bygone era.
Saif Al Yamahi , Fujairah resident, who witnessed the firefighters and paramedics in action, told Gulf News: "I am very upset. I loved this market. I met with my friends here who come from other emirates every Friday.”
The popular shopping area is called Masafi Friday Market or Souq Al Juma, even though it is open seven days a week. It is situated on the Dubai-Fujairah road as you approach Masafi. The main items on sale were rugs, earthenware, antiques and souvenirs.
Watch the videos of the fire:
This footage supplied by Assad Mushtaque