Fire in Sharjah
A fire has broken out in a building near the Sharjah waterfront, in front of Buhaira Police Station in Sharjah Image Credit: Ashfaq Ahmed/Gulf news

Sharjah: A quick response from Sharjah Civil Defence averted a major disaster as they contained a fire that broke out on the 16th floor of Al Majaz Tower on Al Majaz Street in Sharjah on Tuesday night.

At around 11.30pm, they were busy in conducting cooling off procedures as the fire had been put out completely.

Residents of the building were being allowed to go back inside and the lights of the building were switched on.

No injuries were reported as the fire did not spread.

Major Hani Al Dahmani, Director of Media and Public Relations Department at Sharjah Civil Defence, told Gulf News that the police operation room received a call at 9.41pm reporting flames on a high-rise tower. The building's cladding was ablaze, he added.

Firefighters from headquarters in Al Mina, Al Nahda and Samnan went to the site.

Hundreds of families were evacuated from the high-rise building.

Police cordoned off the area and diverted traffic to safer lanes. The cause of the fire is yet to be established.