December 8, 2005

Positivity: Six Escape Blaze (Bahrain)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:13 am

The owner of the shop that burned is not abandoning his employees, either:

Six escape blaze at workshop

SIX workers fled for their lives when a blaze swept through a carpentry workshop in Manama yesterday afternoon.

An Indian carpenter working in the first floor of the Thadamun Showroom saw smoke and alerted his five colleagues, possibly saving their lives.

The workers, all Indian, Filipino and Bangladeshi, fled as the fire swept through the first floor of the four-storey block, opposite the American Mission Hospital.

Tenants living in six flats in the two floors above the furniture showroom and workshop were all out at work when the fire broke out, at around 2pm.

Eighteen firemen in three appliances put out the blaze in minutes, but the shop, workshop and stock were badly damaged by fire, smoke and water.

Shop owner Mohammed Salman Al Sairafi estimated the damage at around BD50,000.

He leased the two storeys from building to Abdul Hadi Hassan Al Mudaisi, who lives next door with his family.

“We are still trying to get in touch with the insurance company but we know that the damage will be about BD50,000. I am thankful to God that none of my staff was hurt in the fire,” said Mr Al Sairafi.

Firemen said that 80 per cent of the showroom and workshop had been damaged.

But it could have been worse, if the worker had not raised the alarm so quickly, said sources.

Mr Al Sairafi said he would find other work for the carpenters, until the shop could reopen.

“I will see to it that my workers get alternative to work, since I have other businesses. It may take time, but I will see to it that the repairs to the shop are done soon,” he said.

“I am thankful to my worker who saved the lives of other workers, because nothing else is more valuable than God-given life,” he added.

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