Scores of residents in the Al Qusais neighbourhood woke up to an explosion last midnight after a restaurant’s kitchen had a gas leak, damaging several neighbouring stores and vehicles.
Restaurant blast after gas leak
A blast woke Al Qusais residents from sleep in the early hours of yesterday after a restaurant, Quick Bite, exploded due to a gas leak. Brigadier Abdulhalim Al Hashimi, acting director of Al Qusais Police Station, says they were tipped about the blast around 4 am and immediately deployed a team of patrols to arrive at the scene.
An initial investigation reveals the explosion was caused due to a gas leak, damaging majority of the property as well as a pharmacy, a beauty salon and three cars “seriously damaged” parked near the restaurant.
“At around 4:00 a.m. this morning, the Dubai Police Command and Control Room, received an emergency call reporting an explosion at a restaurant, which was closed during that time, near Damascus Street in Al Qusais. Dubai Police patrols were immediately dispatched to the scene to secure the perimeter and work jointly for hours with Dubai Civil Defence to evacuate residents of the two-storey building as a precautionary measure.”Brigadier Abdulhalim Al Hashimi, acting director of Al Qusais Police Station
Once again, Dubai Police warns restauranteurs to frequently check on security systems and necessary maintenance, such as pipes and gas detectors, especially during the summer season.
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