Dubai: Car goes up in flames in Al Quoz 1 area
The driver escaped unhurt as he left the vehicle when he saw smoke emanating from the SUV.
An SUV burst into flames in Dubai’s Al Qouz 1 Industrial area on Thursday evening.
According to an eyewitnesses from a nearby office, the incident occurred at around 4.15 pm in a service lane opposite the National Cement factory. Luckily, the driver escaped unhurt, he reportedly left the vehicle after he noticed smoke coming out from the rear side of the vehicle. The exact cause of the fire is not known yet.
According to eyewitnesses, the fire was extinguished within minutes by firefighters from Al Quoz Fire Station without any injuries or casualties being reported.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, one of the eyewitnesses said: “I was taking the service lane as my office entrance gate is located there when I saw the driver of the car directing me not to go any further. Then, I noticed some sparks and smoke emerging from the vehicle's rear side, and I knew his it was catching fire. I turned inside towards my office entrance and headed to the balcony to see what was going on.”
In less than five minutes, the eyewitness said, he and several of his office colleagues heard a blast and the vehicle suddenly turned into a “ball of fire”.
“ I think the spark in the rear of the vehicle, reached the fuel tank which then exploded, engulfing the vehicle in flames and making it look like a ball of fire. I am glad the vehicle driver had the presence of mind to quickly park the car in service lane and get out in time. It not only saved his life, but also saved other vehicles on the road from being damaged,” he added.
Luckily, fire engines and police personnel reached the spot in 5 minutes after the fire erupted. They put out the flames in around 5 minutes or so, the eyewitnesses said. “The vehicle was completely charred after the fire was extinguished,” he added.
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