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Firefighters battle blaze at construction site on Pearl-Qatar

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Saturday's fire at the Pearl
Saturday’s fire at the Pearl

A “very limited” fire was quickly brought under control at a private island on Isola Dana at the Pearl-Qatar this afternoon, officials say.

Residents reported seeing thick plumes of black smoke across the water.

A source at UDC, which manages the Pearl-Qatar, said it took firefighters between 10 and 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. He said there were no injuries, but several storage sheds were damaged.

Saturday's fire at the Pearl
Saturday’s fire at the Pearl

The source said firefighters stationed on the Pearl were able to quickly reach the site, which is being developed by a private contractor and not UDC.

The cause of the fire is not known.

Isola Dana, named after one of the world’s most prized pearls, is a string of nine private islands accessed via a causeway from the central areas of the Pearl-Qatar, according to UDC’s website.

While government statistics don’t explicitly break down the number of fires on construction sites in Qatar, several large blazes have occurred on building sites in recent years.

That includes a structure at Place Vendome in Lusail last June as well as the old Civil Defence complex, which caught fire twice in a span of slightly less than three weeks last year as it was being converted to an arts hub.

Does anyone have more information about today’s fire? Thoughts?

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