An expat family including three children and their pets were able to miraculously escape a raging house fire without injuries on Friday evening in Um Al Hassam. The resident of the apartment, Ali Mohammed Akbar Khan’s parents who were visiting the family from India were also present in the house.
Civil Defense authorities who responded to the house fire within six minutes of receiving alert were on the scene for an hour and a half to tackle the fire, which was confined to the apartment. No adjacent apartments or building were damaged by the blaze.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire broke out on the third floor of the residential building and the cause remains under investigation. All family members including pet animals, residing at the home were outside by the time the crew reached.
Khan revealed that within 15 minutes, the entire house went up in flames and they were left with nothing. Khan’s grandmother noticed the smoke coming from near the air-conditioning unit while offering her daily prayers. While evacuating his family, khan also alerted other residents in the building to the same.