SACKED WORKER STARTS FIRE IN BUILD­ING

Sacked worker ac­cused of ar­son

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ali Al Shouk @alial­shouk ali.shouk@7days.ae

A man wanted to get re­venge on the em­ployer who sacked him by set­ting fire to his ac­com­mo­da­tion build­ing, a court heard.

Dubai Court of First In­stance was told that the 26-year-old In­dian started the fire in Ras Al Khor af­ter his boss can­celled his visa and let him go.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that, on April 21, the Dubai Po­lice Com­mand Room and Civil De­fence re­ceived a call at 6am about a ma­jor fire.

They rushed to the scene and evac­u­ated the res­i­dents from the 10-storey build­ing.

A 48-year-old In­dian man­ager said that he heard the fire alarm then left his flat on the first floor when he saw bed sheets burn­ing be­side the elec­tric­ity room.

“I couldn’t ex­tin­guish the fire as it spread out­side,” said the man­ager. “I saw the ac­cused and he was drunk and later I heard that he was the one who started the fire.”

A Moroc­can man who shared an apart­ment with the ac­cused tes­ti­fied that he told him

about the fire. “I fell asleep and didn’t see the ac­cused,” he said. “At 6.15am, he came and woke me up and told me that there was a fire in the build­ing and that he was the one who started the fire.”

He said that his flat­mate was cov­ered in soot from the fire, es­pe­cially on his face.

“He told me to leave the build­ing and he was drunk,” he said.

Re­ports show that the fire was started af­ter a lighter was used to set alight bed sheets that had been dumped near the elec­tric­ity room.

The sus­pect was ar­rested later. He was charged with start­ing a fire and con­sum­ing al­co­hol with­out a li­cence.

He de­nied the charges when he ap­peared in court yes­ter­day. The trial was ad­journed un­til next month.

‘He told me there was a fire in the build­ing and he was the one who started the fire.’ – Flat­mate of the ac­cused

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