Building near US naval base in Bahrain catches fire
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MANAMA, Bahrain — Plumes of smoke and ash from a fire in an apartment building under construction wafted over the U.S. naval base in Bahrain Tuesday, prompting officials to caution personnel to minimize outdoor activity.
Still, the flames shooting from the approximately 10-story building drew crowds of onlookers both on and off base.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Messier, expressing concern for the workers in the building.
Base fire and emergency services provided a water tanker to support Bahrain’s Civil Defense firefighters.
Preliminary information indicated welding may have caused the fire according to Bahrain’s Interior Ministry. Three Bahraini policemen were injured and taken to the hospital, according to the ministry.
Officials urged people to avoid the area fearing the building and construction crane could collapse.