‘ We’ve lost everything’
Fire guts bachelors’ apartment
A group of friends have described how they returned home to find flames pouring from their balcony window as a fire tore through their shared apartment.
The Egyptian expats said they have been “left with nothing” after the blaze at the Bur Dubai duplex apartment.
Several of the eight men lost their passports and others lost family photos, cherished possessions and laptops.
Waleed Haidy, 37, who works in sales, said he had just left the flat on Monday about 3pm and was in a nearby mall when he got a call from a friend telling him to rush home.
He said: “I came running from Burjuman and could see smoke and flames coming from the balcony.”
Haidy added: “They wouldn’t let anyone enter and you couldn’t get close because everyone was packed outside the building.” Ahmad Mahmoud, 27, said his passport, watches and photos were all incinerated in the blaze. He said: “We lost everything, I don’t care that I lost my watches, my bracelets and everything, but the history of my travels, my memories. When you lose everything you lose your history, you lose your past. All my pictures, laptops, phones, documents, certificates. It hurts you know?" Ahmed Mohammed, 27, who works for an auditing firm, said he spent the night in a nearby hotel and is now looking for another place to live. He said: “I came back to the apartment this morning after two hours sleep and everything was destroyed. My two friends both lost their passports. “We have to move everything now because no one can stay. There’s debris and ashes everywhere, it’s a complete mess. Everything is destroyed and no one can go up. It was a very hard day, I have been in the street since 7am.” When 7DAYS visited the apartment, heat was still radiating from the front door, while inside water streamed from the ceiling. Wires and electricity boxes hung down. Altogether about 300 residents spent the night in hotels or with friends as the fire caused an electricity outage. They were returning home yesterday. Civil Defence are investigating the cause and said one person was treated for smoke inhalation.
CHARRED: Inside the flat yesterday after the fire had been extinguished