Al Nasr Towers in Doha again gutted
Workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and a few Middle Easterners, were engaged in work when the fire first broke out.india Updated: May 28, 2006 16:28 IST
Over 400 persons including Indian workers had a miraculous escape after fire engulfed the Al Nasr Twin Towers in the West Bay business district of Doha, for the second time in six months.
A top civil defence department official has blamed the contractor for using banned highly inflammable construction material for the project, despite an earlier warning, according to the Peninsula newspaper which added that the blaze had been brought under control.
The fire last morning was the second in six months to affect the building which was engulfed in a blaze on November 24 last year.
Colonel Abdullah Al Suwaidi, Director, Civil Defence Department, told the media the fire was probably caused due to use of prohibited, highly inflammable construction materials, its careless handling by unskilled workers and violation of safety rules.
The building was evacuated rapidly after alert workers noticed the blaze that began around 9.30 am on the first floor of the Tower-B, where inflammable materials such as foam sheets, were stored and from there the fire spread rapidly. the building was evacuated rapidly, The Peninsula reported.
Workers from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and a few Middle Easterners, were engaged in work when the fire first broke out. A civil defence force put off the blaze quickly.
A second fire that erupted from the same location little after 10am and was also brought under control. However, strong, winds last morning ignited the smouldering debris from the first two fires and spread rapidly to other parts of the building and ignited inflammable material.