Fire at Dubai port natural accident from container with flammable materials: Govt

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A fire that erupted on a ship at Dubai's Jebel Ali Port was due to a natural accident that happened on a container that had flammable materials, a Dubai Government official told Al Arabiya.

"The UAE and Dubai are among the safest cities and countries in the world. Thank God, everything is safe. But this is a natural accident that happened in one of the containers, which was also carrying some flammable materials. There was no other reason, I mean," Mona Al Marri, Mona Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, told Al Arabiya.

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A fire had broken out in a container within a ship anchored in Jebel Ali Port just before midnight on Wednesday, with residents reporting a loud explosion heard across central Dubai.

The fire caused by an explosion on a ship at Dubai's Jebel Ali Port, the Middle East's largest transshipment hub, was brought under control hours later.

The ship that caught on fire in Dubai’s Jebel Ali port had 30 containers, some with flammable materials, Dubai Police chief Abdullah Al Marri told Al Arabiya. Initial reports indicate that there may be some friction or heat present that led to the explosion, the police chief added.

Al Marri confirmed that crew of the ship, numbering approximately fourteen, were all evacuated in time before the explosion.

Great efforts we've seen in less than half an hour, the accidental fire of one of the small ships standing in the largest port in the Jebel Ali Port area was brought under control. How did this accident happen in this port?

Of course. With regard to the information and data available from the concerned authorities at Dubai Ports World and Customs, of course, it indicates that this ship is a container ship with thirty containers containing materials. In some containers, there were flammable materials that do not contain any radioactive materials or explosives. Of course, the initial reports indicate that there may be some friction or heat present that led to this explosion or ignition in the ship.

According to what we have seen from the confirmation from the Dubai Government Media Office, there are no injuries or deaths until this moment?

"Praise be to God, based on the unified ambulance report, based on the report of the Civil Defense and the existing teams concerned with medical services, there are no injuries. The crew of the ship number approximately fourteen. All of them, thank God, are safe and sound," Al Marri told Al Arabiya.

The Dubai Media Office said in a statement that there were no casualties or injuries. It posted footage of water being pumped to douse flames and debris at the scene.

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