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KUWAIT CITY, April 2: With massive losses counted in millions of dinars, the fire at the Mubarakiya has destroyed about 300 shops in the heart of Kuwait City, reports Al-Rai daily. Most of the devastated shops are in the arms market (Souq Al-Salah) because it is from there that the fire spread to perfume shops, household appliances and others as hundreds of firefighters, personnel from the Ministry of Interior and the National Guard mobilized forces to control the towering inferno.
What helped fan the fire was the presence of alcohol used in the manufacture of perfumes and wooden umbrellas. Efforts to put out the fire continued until the late hours of Thursday night while the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf announced that the part that was exposed to the fire will be closed until Saturday in order to secure the property of the owners of the damaged shops and their surroundings, and to complete the investigation to find out the causes of the fire.
The fire damage was limited to material losses, while no serious injuries were recorded. The daily has learned that the State Property Department in the Ministry of Finance obliges the lessees of the shops in the arms market and Mubarakiya to sign contracts for compulsory insurance, which contributes to compensating the owners of the damaged shops for their losses by insurance companies.