SACKED WORKER STARTS FIRE IN BUILDING
Sacked worker accused of arson
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