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Dubai Police crack Expo Dubai work site fire case

DUBAI, June 20, 2020

Dubai Police said they have cracked the case with regard to the blaze that broke out at the Expo 2020 Dubai under-construction site last month.

Following days of investigation, the forensic experts and criminologists at Dubai Police's General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) reached the conclusion that the main cause for the fire was the ongoing welding work, which led to a rise in the temperature of the tube to more than 350 degrees Celsius, which caused it to ignite.

The Dubai Police team conducted 12 scientific experiments and re-enacted the incident of fire to determine the cause of the spark.

They also found out that the worker and an engineer of the company operating at the site had hidden certain facts to evade responsibility.

A deeper probe revealed that the worker stopped work when he faced a technical fault. He then re-stored the equipment in the dedicated room without observing the safety requirements.

After five minutes he noticed an evacuation of all workers in progress from the site due to a fire. He immediately left the site and informed the engineer about what had happened during the welding and his negligence of safety measures.

The engineer told him to keep quiet and to not tell anyone else and as there were no witnesses there was no need to involve the company.

Dubai Police team, on further scrutiny, found that messages had been circulated among workers telling them to deny their presence at the site on the day of the fire.

When confronted with the facts, the worker and engineer admitted to concealing the truth.

Lauding the investigators for solving the case, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the team had taken great efforts and used professional methods to determine the real factors behind the incident.

Major General Al Marri praised the re-enactment of the fire done with high professionalism and accuracy as another feather in the Dubai Police's cap.

"The investigators harnessed advanced technology and Artificial Intelligence during the investigations to establish the cause of the fire," he added.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Director-General of the Expo 2020 Dubai Office, lauded the efforts and professionalism by the Dubai Police criminal investigation teams.

''No doubt, the dedication of the Dubai Police personnel to maintain security and safety at the Expo Dubai site remains a key factor in our success," said the minister.

"We realise that the responsibility laid on their shoulders is great. Given Dubai Police's competencies and capabilities, we are all confident we are in safe hands in our journey to the expo and during the event," she added.-TradeArabia News Service




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