Abu Dhabi: The two victims of Monday’s gas cylinder explosion and resulting fire in Abu Dhabi include one Indian resident and one Pakistani resident, embassy officials confirmed to Gulf News on Tuesday.
The gas explosion occurred at about 1pm on Monday afternoon at a small restaurant in Abu Dhabi’s Al Khalidiyah area. The restaurant, which served South Asian fare, was located in a five-storey building, and the explosion resulted in a fire that damaged the building, as well as five other buildings and shop facades in the vicinity.
Teams from the Abu Dhabi Police and the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority rushed to the site, evacuating residents and providing temporary hotel accommodation as they worked to ensure that the buildings were safe for habitation.
“Teams from the Abu Dhabi Police and the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense Authority, in cooperation with partners, have announced the removal of debris from the site of gas cylinder explosion, and the gradual return of residents to their homes after authorities ensured the safety of the buildings,” the Abu Dhabi Police tweeted.