Aug 06, 2020 15:24 UTC
  • Huge fire strikes fodder market in eastern Saudi Arabia, no casualties reported

A huge fire has erupted at a fodder market in eastern Saudi Arabia causing material damage, but no casualties, local media say.

According to reports, the raging fire broke out in the market’s parking area in Hafr Al Batin city in the Eastern Province on Wednesday, gutting at least 20 trucks loaded with fodder.

Firefighters successfully prevented the massive fire from spreading to other parked trucks and finally managed to contain the blaze, the cause of which is still under investigation.   

On Thursday, local media reported that the fire had left no casualties.

Following the incident, the province’s branch of the Ministry of the Environment, Water and Agriculture ordered the inspection tours of fodder warehouses to be intensified.

According to Amer al-Mutari, the director-general of the ministry’s branch in the Eastern Province, the fire inflicted damage to a small part of the market and some trucks.

He urged vendors and owners of warehouses to comply with safety standards and secure fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers.

Separately on Wednesday, a huge fire struck a closed fruit and vegetable market in the new industrial area in Ajman, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local media reported.

The blaze, which erupted at 6:30 pm local time, caused no casualties and was soon brought under control, the report cited the head of Ajman police.

The market, which is known as the Iranian Souq, is considered a popular attraction in the city, drawing visitors from across the Persian Gulf Arab country.