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2 die, 70 rescued in building fire 11 firemen hurt in 7-hour operation

 KUWAIT CITY, Dec 11: An Egyptian woman and her child died while 70 individuals including children and women, and 11 firefighters sustained injuries due to a huge fire that engulfed a 13- storey building in Farwaniya area. According to sources, when the Control Room of Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) received information that fire broke out in the basement of a building in Farwaniya area, firefighters rushed to the location. They discovered that the fire had spread rapidly in the building and approximately 240 individuals were trapped inside the building. Firefighters rescued the trapped individuals to discover that an Egyptian woman and her child died while 70 individuals sustained injuries.

The corpses were referred to the Forensics Department while the injured victims were referred to Farwaniya Hospital. Eight fire teams led by the Director General of KFSD Yousef Al-Ansari, Acting Deputy Director for Firefighting Affairs and Human Resources Colonel Waleed Al-Ansari, Director of Farwaniya Fire Department Colonel Hussein Asad and Director of Public Relations Colonel Khaleel Al-Amir participated in extinguishing the fire. The operation took more than seven hours during which 11 firefighters sustained injuries.

In a press release, Major General Yousef Al- Ansari affirmed that the firefighters exerted tremendous efforts in dealing with the fire incident and had executed the rescue plans efficiently. He expressed his condolences to the family members of the two victims who died in the fire accident. Thanking the firefighters for their efforts, Colonel Waleed Al-Ansari said they proved their ability in rescuing the victims who were trapped inside the burning building and extinguishing the fire capably before it spread to other buildings. Colonel Khaleel Al-Amir appreciated the efforts exerted by the firefighters in extinguishing the huge fire for seven hours. He also appreciated the efforts of the officers from Ministry of Interior and paramedics in assisting the firefighters.

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