A warehouse in capital Male caught fire around 12:30 p.m. Monday, spreading to five other adjacent buildings whose residents were evacuated without any casualties or serious injuries.
The warehouse made of steel pipes and tin had entirely collapsed while the fire spread to other buildings adjacent to it, including the famous MS Carpentry & Construction Pvt Ltd. Firefighters, Maldives Police Service and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) worked jointly to subdue the fire which was eventually suppressed by around 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.
According to an MNDF spokesperson, two MNDF soldiers had been injured and transported to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) for treatment during the fire accident. Details of their injuries have not been disclosed though a journalist of Mihaaru at the scene reported that a soldier had been injured in the face after being hit by a falling pane of glass from the burning building.
According to Police, the warehouse is a five storey building belonging to Brotherhood Investment Pvt Ltd. The warehouse’s owner stated that goods comprising of cosmetics, garments and appliances such as washing machines worth over MVR 40 million had been stored inside the warehouse when it caught fire, the source of which is yet unknown. However, the building had been insured, according to an official of the company.
Minister of Defence Adam Shareef also arrived on the scene to oversee the progress of the firemen. According to the minister, emergency aid was soon given to the people displaced by the fire accident. He also declared that the government will facilitate easy housing loans for those whose homes have been destroyed in the fire. People had been evacuated from four buildings during the incident.
The Brotherhood Group is a cosmetics, garments and electronics trading conglomerate managing four subsidiary companies, according to its website. The firm currently runs eight shops in Male and two others in atoll islands.