Ad­dress ‘fire­fighter’ not guilty

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An off-duty fire­fighter who wan­dered into the Ad­dress Down­town dur­ing the blaze and shot a video him­self as the build­ing burned has been cleared of a crim­i­nal charge. The Emi­rati, 34, was found not guilty of mocking the ef­forts of fire crews dur­ing the drama on New Year’s Eve. Dubai Court of First In­stance heard that the video was widely cir­cu­lated on What­sapp and amounted to ridi­cul­ing the job crews were per­form­ing, but a judge said there was a lack of ev­i­dence. The man said he is a fire­fighter with Abu Dhabi Civil De­fence and was given per­mis­sion to help. In the video, the man wan­dered through smoke-filled cor­ri­dors, smok­ing a cig­a­rette and swig­ging from a can of Pepsi. He can be heard shout­ing “ev­ery­thing is un­der con­trol, I’m con­trol­ling the fire”.

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