Four dead, eight injured in UAE pesticide factory fire

June 5, 2013 at 9:33 AM

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, June 5 (UPI) -- A fire broke out at a pesticide factory in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, killing four workers and injuring eight others, officials said.

The four dead workers were Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, Gulf News reported.

"The intensity of the fire was very strong because the materials being burned were extremely flammable," said Brigadier Abdullah al-Suwaidi, director-general of Sharjah Civil Defense.

"The fire broke out at the pesticide factory and spread to the adjacent wood workshop but the exact cause has not been established until we carry out an investigation. We were able in six hours to get the fire under control," he added.

Al-Sajja police are investigating the incident.

Four of the injured workers were being treated at al-Qassimi and al-Kuwaiti hospital, Gulf News reported.

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