President Solih conveys condolences to families of fire incident victims

Response teams are on the scene of the fire. | Photo: Nishan Ali

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of those who passed away in last nights fire incident in capital Malé City, Maldives.

In a tweet posted a while ago, President Solih stated that the dangerous fire incident in the city was a very sad incident and that the incident is currently being investigated.

Maldives Police Service has confirmed 10 deaths till now.

The garage which caught fire is located at the corner junction of Iskandhar Road and Koarukendi Road in Malé City.

The owner of the garage told local media that the workers living there are entirely Indian and Bangladeshi.

So far, it is learned that most of the dead are Indians, but officials are yet to confirm it.

Fire and rescue personnel were on the scene after receiving a call about the fire at 12:30 a.m. The fire was brought under control at 4:34 am, the army said.

MNDF said nine people were missing from the house where the incident occurred.

Local media reports state that there were a large number of gas bottles used by the residents in the garage for cooking. There are 28 very small rooms, each with a gas bottle and all the gas cylinders have exploded.