The area in Sharjah's industrial district that went up in flames contained scrap diesel barrels and plastic. Image Credit: Sharjah Civil Defence

Sharjah: A massive fire raged through a scrap yard in Al Saja’a industrial area in Sharjah on Monday, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the sky near the Sharjah International Airport.

Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence, said no injuries were reported in the blaze that started at around 11.49am but the site — which contained scrap diesel barrels and plastic — was completely destroyed.

Police sealed off roads leading to the site and only emergency vehicles were allowed to pass through.

Firefighters from Civil Defence headquarters, Saja’a, Samnan, Muwaileh and Al Himryah helped in the operation.

Saj’a area on Sharjah-Dhaid Road is also close to a landfill and a recycling facility. No fatalities or injuries were reported.

Firefighters came 10 minutes and managed to contain the flames.

Workers in nearby premises were evacuated as thick black smoke was seen billowing from several kilometres away.

Firefighters also rescued the animals found at the site close to the fire.

Col. Al Naqbi said that a fire engine was dispatched as soon as the blaze was reported.

Workers moved to a safer ground and continued to wait as teams from the Civil Defence and Sharjah Police launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Col. Al Naqabi said the site would be handed over to forensic laboratory experts to determine the cause of the blaze.