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Abandoned house gutted.

Manama: Firemen battled for almost two hours yesterday to gain control of a blaze that gutted an abandoned house in Zinj.

Officers at the scene told the GDN that the Civil Defence arrived at 5.50pm after the control room received a call from a passer-by.

There were no injuries reported, although eyewitnesses said that the flames were 'very high'.

"I saw the fire and how high it was and I started to take a video to tell people what was happening," said one woman, who did not want to be named.

"I was very surprised and it took a long time for it to die down after the Civil Defence arrived."

The house that burst into flames is on Highway 35, which comes off of the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway.

An officer at the scene said that while an investigation had been launched, the cause of the fire appeared to be neglect.

"There was no one in the house and it seems that it has been abandoned for a long time," he said.

"Because it hasn't been regularly cleaned, there has been a build up of waste and rubbish, which self-ignited and caused the fire.

"The house itself is completely gutted, 100 per cent, but the building next to it is not badly affected."

At least three fire engines were called to the scene, accompanied by an ambulance in case of an emergency.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 10, 2015
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