Updated at 10am
With reporting from Lesley Walker and Peter Kovessy
Emergency responders have finished battling a fire at the Pearl-Qatar that raged for at least an hour and a half, according to the Ministry of Interior, which said the flames have been controlled without injury:
الدفاع المدني يستكمل اجراءاته بشأن محاصرة حريق اللؤلؤة وتتم الآن عملية السيطرة عليه ولا يوجد مصابين #الداخلية_قطر
— وزارة الداخلية – قطر (@MOI_Qatar) May 25, 2014
However, half an hour later, smoke still appears to be coming off the site of the fire:
— Peter Kovessy (@peterkovessy) May 25, 2014
According to witnesses there who spoke to Doha News, the fire is near the Woqod Petrol Station at the Pearl, opposite Medina Centrale. Flames apparently reached as high as two to three stories.
Earlier in the morning, MOI tweeted that Civil Defense was working to bring the fire under control:
Civil Defence initiate its procedures to control the fire broke out at an open warehouse @ThePearlQatar
— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) May 25, 2014
One resident said the warehouse contained building materials:
The fire is not near a residential area, though there are some villas close to the blaze. However, the proximity to the petrol station has worried some residents. Meanwhile, black smoke could be seen across the Corniche, as it billowed off the island across the Doha Bay.
A spokesman for the United Development Company, which operates the Pearl, told Doha News he is looking into the matter.
Fires an increasingly common site in Qatar, especially as the weather heats up – much to the dismay of many residents:
— Rinith. KT (@RinithKT) May 25, 2014
The petrol station has been closed for now as a safety precaution, as fire officials spray the area with foam.