Doha: The Qatari civil defence has managed to contain a large fire which started at 10am this morning, reported the official Qatar News Agency (QNA).

According to civil defence officials, the fire started in a sport utilities shop located close to Al Deera Souq.

The stacking of goods and strong winds helped the fire to spread to adjoining shops. There were no deaths or injuries, reported QNA.

The swift evacuation of shopkeepers helped in containing the fire.

Civil defence officials denied rumors of high number of deaths and injuries and warned against their spread via SMS.