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PHOTOS: Fire erupts in former Civil Defense complex


Photos courtesy of Twitter and Peter Kovessy

Updated at 11:30am

Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze on the roof of the former Civil Defense garage that sent plumes of thick black smoke into the sky Tuesday morning.

Construction crews are currently renovating the iconic building in Wadi al Sail to convert it into a new Qatar Museums arts center.

A supervisor on the site told Doha News that the fire broke out in the garage, adjacent to the main building, at around 8:20am as a worker was using a torch to apply asphalt to the roof of the low-rise building.

The Ministry of Interior tweeted in Arabic at 8:47am that the fire had been brought under control.

Speaking to Doha News, a site supervisor described the incident as a “small fire” and said no one was injured. He added that inspectors would be examining the building today to assess the extent of the damage.

The heat and smoke from the fire blackened the middle portion of the taller building on the western part of the property.

While the scaffolding was still intact, workers on the upper floors could be seen pouring coolers of water on the planks of wood.

Several local residents posted photos of the fire on Twitter:

The building has been empty since Civil Defense moved to its state-of-the-art headquarters nearby in December 2012.

The new center, designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah, will be renamed “The Doha Fire Station,” and is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.

An initiative by QM’s Public Arts Department, it will host an Artists in Residence Program, offering studio space, supply shops and workshops to local artists.

There are also plans for galleries, a café and children’s play areas on site.


Correction: An earlier version of this story said the fire was located on the upper floors of the Civil Defense building. The fire was limited to the roof of the adjacent former garage.


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7 years ago

Is it ironic?

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
7 years ago
Reply to  Bursin

Maybe it’s a conceptual art piece by Adel Abdessemed.

Instead of igniting live chickens he’s igniting buildings.

A video of the fire will be put on display in Mathaf and they can call it Art (with a capital A).

7 years ago

It news from across town the Police have arrest fellow Police Officers for speeding, talking on their mobiles and reckless driving. No, only joking, they are parked at a rounabout and eating shwarma while sharing elicit videos on their phones….

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

And for their own amusement and a good laugh they are getting out every now and then to ‘direct traffic’ causing complete mayhem to traffic travelling through the roundabout, causing traffic delays of up to 30 minutes for all.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Dermatologists agree that applying a lip balm makes your lips feel dry and cracked, which leads people to apply more lip balm.

Doha traffic is the same.

What’s the solution to the mayhem at roundabouts and busy junctions where the traffic police are? More traffic police, right?

Perhaps not.

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

How ironic!

7 years ago

Always fire! Some day it might come to our doorsteps..

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