Massive fire breaks out at Sharjah port

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Massive fire breaks out at Sharjah port

By Sunita Menon and Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporters/GULF NEWS Published: August 18, 2007, 01:28

Dubai: A massive fire raged on Friday night in Sharjah’s Port Khalid area, sending flames dozens of feet high.

The fire is believed to have started at a biscuit factory at the adjacent industrial area and spread to a depot of Emirates Lube Oil Company in the port, police and eyewitnesses said.

“We heard a loud explosion and soon a huge fire broke out,” an eyewitness told Gulf News.

Police said the fire started at around 11pm. Police immediately cordoned off the area around the depot and sealed all entry points on the Creek.

Firefighters and Civil Defence officers from Sharjah as well as Dubai and Ajman rushed to the spot to battle the blaze.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or estimated damages. Civil defence workers were fighting the blaze at the time of going to press.

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