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Fire in Erbil causes estimated 600,000 USD damage

By Rudaw 13/7/2017
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Firefighters are battling two fires in the Kurdistan Region Thursday evening. 

A fire broke out in a storage area behind a fruit and vegetable market on the Gwer road in Erbil. The owner estimated the value of the goods, which included household items and children’s toys, at nearly 600,000 USD.

Eight firefighter teams battled the flames. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown. 
A second fire broke out in a recycling plant on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, 10 km outside of Kirkuk. 

According to director of Kirkuk civil defense, the fire was caused by an electricity failure. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ibrahim Atya, director of Kirkuk civil defense, told Rudaw, “The fire broke out at 4:00 o’clock in a recycling company. According to preliminary investigations it was due to a short circuit.”

Rudaw’s reporter on the scene said there were 1,500 containers of recycling materials in the plant. It is estimated it will take several hours to control the fire. 

No injuries have been reported. 


Fires are burning in Erbil, left, and near Kirkuk, right.




franzmaximilian | 18/7/2017
I just wonder why fires do not break out more often, seen the quality of electrical lines and connections in most buildings. Almost anywhere in private and public places I see dangers, such as poorly made connections, exposed lines, absence of proper grounding, lack of safety switches and circuit breakers.
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