20 Feb Fatal flat fire
Five people including two children died when they were asphyxiated in a fire that gutted part of their apartment building in the Al Butainah area of Sharjah. Four other residents were treated for burn injuries in hospital.
Civil Defence director Colonel Sami Al Naqbi said that the victims perished while trying to escape from their flat located on the first floor on of the four-storey building.
They were identified as a 35-year-old Indian man, a Moroccan woman, 38, along with her two children, a boy and a girl aged six and four. A second woman victim was a 40-year-old Pakistani who worked for a nearby bank.