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Doha: 13 Children Killed in Villagio Mall Fire, Total Death Toll 19


Doha: 13 Children Killed in Villagio Mall Fire, Total Death Toll 19

Alexis Castelino
Daijiworld Media Network - Doha

Update: 10.35 pm IST

Doha, May 28: The Ministry of Interior, Qatar has confirmed that 19 people, including 13 children died in the blaze that engulfed Villagio Mall here on Monday May 28.

Among the deceased children, seven are girls and 6 boys.

Most of the children were trapped in Gympanzee nursery, it is learnt, and eyewitnesses said that firefighters had to enter through the roof to save them. The nursery is on the first floor and access was difficult, it is said.

The rest of the deceased include four teachers and two civil defence personnel. Among the teachers, three were said to be Filipino and one African.

Also, 17 people were injured, informed MoI at a press meet held here in the evening.

"17 people injured in Villagio fire including 4 children. Most of the injured persons are from firefighters of Civil Defence," stated MOI.

The minister of state for interior affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalif Al Thani expressed his condolences for the family of deceased children and teachers and the brave civil defence staff.

The minister said that there is no complaint on missing persons and the entire area has been inspected more than once to ensure nobody was trapped.

He also said that public prosecution has started investigation into the incident and it will reveal the actual causes of the fire.

The information on blaze was recieved by the operations room at 11.03 am and the response was quick as the Civil Defence personnel and Search and Rescue team from Lakhwiya arrived on the spot and started the rescue operation.

 

Earlier News


Doha: Fire Engulfs Villagio Shopping Mall, Hundreds Evacuated

Alexis Castelino
Daijiworld Media Network - Doha

Doha, May 28: A massive fire broke out in Villagio shopping mall here on Monday May 28 at around 11 am. No casualties have been reported so far.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall minutes after the fire alarm sounded.

The fire soon spread to the food court. The extent and cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Fire engines and other emergency services rushed to the spot.

People have been asked not to spread rumours.

Though no loss of life has been reported, one person, whose identity is yet to be established, has been shifted to Hamad Hospital, sources said.

Some of the shops were also engulfed in fire, it is learnt.

Police have cordoned the area and diverted traffic.

Comment on this article

  • Praveen , dubai/kasargood

    Thu, May 31 2012

    Dear Arun Dubai & Andrew Qatar Just Imagine out of 19 people may one of your family member what will be the reaction of you guys???????? care full before commenting on this page

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  • lanslara, Qatar/Mangalore

    Thu, May 31 2012

    I must say though that this sick/evil/disgusting man'S is probably one of the worst I have read about Arun & Andrew

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, May 30 2012

    "ARUN HEGDE-Dubai" & "ANDREW - Qatar"......Do not try to insult INDIA.... there may be more deaths in India in such accident's because of the population of India...But India is not bad...!!!??? Where the hell you stupid guy's have read or witnessed 19000 people dying in such incidences in India...!!???? Mention at least one..!! In this incident I do not blame Qatar..but definitely blame the Maintenance staff and Facility management staff for ignoring the safety issues. Government can not control each and every idiots in its country.... It is our own responsibility to avoid such accidents..!!!???

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal/Mumbai

    Wed, May 30 2012

    Heartfelt sympathies to the next of kin of those who perished in this tragic disaster! Despite boasting of following the highest safety standards in the world, Villagio mall allegedly did not have an effective sprinklers or proven escape system for the most vulnerable place, the kids area! This shows the callousness on the part of the authorities while planning the mall (aesthetics took over safety)!!! I am unhappy with the cheap comments posted by Arun Hegde exonerating the deaths of innocents! I urge him to try to be a Qatari at the earliest!!!

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  • CLEMENT, MANGALORE/DUBAI

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Cheap comments by "ARUN HEGDE-Dubai" & "ANDREW - Qatar" for insulting "INDIA" and they got highest 'Disagree' too.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Tue, May 29 2012

    All Angels
    My first comment was based on initial reports not reporting of any casualties. One fact does not change at all and the fact is that you all will forever be angels wherever you are.

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Sad and unfortunate incident. My sympathies to all loved ones who are deceased. Fire, Road Traffic accidents and any sickness never tell us before its arrival. So this Villagio fire incident is a problem of loopholes. There is no other place as safe as Qatar on this earth. Look at those fire fighters gave their life. And you Mr. Andrew, there is no need to talk about India here. Where are you comparing a country with more than a billion population to a country with few lacs population? You need to keep respect of your own country so that others will respect us.

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  • Janet Dalmeida, Moodubelle Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    I feel really sorry for the parents of triplets. May God give them strength to bear the loss. All my prayers goes out to all the families who lost their loved ones. May God save us all from such tragic accidents.

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  • Andrew, Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Oh My God, what a terrible day y'day! Villagio Fire eaten some lives of Children, Women and Men! I pray almighty to comfort the families, those who lost their loved once!

    I'm proud to be a Qatari Resident! We salute our fire fighters! We pray God that Souls rest in Peace! We Honour those fighter died during the rescue Operation! We proud about Qatar and the priceless and Prompt effort to Save many Lives! I'm proud and Safe in Qatar!

    If it was happened in India it was not 19 instead it was 19,000!

    We are residing well protected country. But World is instability! Anything can happen anytime!

    God please let you prevent these incidents! Our Children are precious to Us! Please don't hurt US
    Well done Qatar - ANDREW

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  • Simon, New Zealand

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Sincere herart felt sympathy for those who lost loved ones..Loss of life to this magnitude irrespective are not acceptable, especially with regards to children. The fire dept fire prevention and code enforcement should have never allowed placement of a kinder garden in a high risk commercial structure. Who will be kept accoauntable for this gross negligence. Why where the fire dept not aware of the kinder garden location...? why did they need maps...? The fire dept operations should have had conducted site visits to familiarize themselves with the the risks and draw pre plans...that is if there was any..?

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  • Female Mechanical Engineer, Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    The facilities manager, the resident engineer, the contractor of villagio mall should go to jail.

    They were very irresponsible, they do not know how to do their job!

    I believe Civil defense will now be much extra careful on giving occupancy or residential permits.

    To all the contractors, don't be a fool! Implement what is right!

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  • Shairon, Doha, Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    How could this be allowed to happen? I had a day care for several years & could not operate if there were not ample fire exits and windows - always kept clear of snow etc. These children and their teachers did not have a chance! SHAME, Qatar, SHAME!

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  • Uday Shetty, Shirva/Doha

    Tue, May 29 2012

    It is the most unfortunate tragedy whereby 19 people were killed in Villagio Mall. The fire department did a good job by pulling out victims from the roof top. May the soul of the departed souls rest in eternal peace and give comfort to the deceased family and friends.

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  • Mahesh, Doha

    Tue, May 29 2012

    So sad to see u r concerned about world cup at this point of time

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  • JOHN DSOUZA, USA/MUMBAI

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Very sad Incident.May their soul rest in Peace.

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  • Martin , Doha

    Tue, May 29 2012

    This is Really a SAD SAD Day .We live in this new age of technology with smart cars, smart phones and we are not smart enough to look after these little children’s lives .This is a Shameful waste of these little lives in a building what was meant only as temporary has left its permanent scars of Sadness on 19 families. WHY!
    Rest in Peace and God Bless Them.

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  • Clippi Shirva, Mumbai/Doha

    Tue, May 29 2012

    So sad incident
    May these soul rest in peace

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  • Wilfred Gonsalves, Mangalore, Ex. Qatar.

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Very sad and unfortunate. My sympathies to all affected. I am sure QATAR's Vision and Vigilance had contained this tragic accident to bare minimum. THANK GOD..!!!

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, May 29 2012

    This s really sad.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Tue, May 29 2012

    It is the most unfortunate tragedy whereby 19 people were killed in Villagio Mall. Right now we do not know the exact cause of this deadly fire. The fire department did a good job by pulling out victims from the roof top. May the soul of the departed souls rest in eternal peace and give comfort to the deceased family and friends.

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  • Layeeq, Karkala/Jakarta

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Shocking and sad. Sprinklers were not working, and the mall had no proper fire exits. Why did the govt allowed the mall to function is a million dollar question.

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  • Arun Hegde, Dubai

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Had it been in Mumbai the total death toll would have been 19,000 instead of 19.....I should sincerely appreciate the Qatar security personnel for going an extra mile in saving peoples lives.

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  • Kerri, Canada

    Tue, May 29 2012

    So sad. I give respect to the family's who lost their children. May you rets in peace.
    Glad that my brother was in school at the time of the fire. Now when I go to Qatar later in the month, my favourite mall has burnt down.
    So sad :(

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  • Duncan Fairley, Doha, Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    this is really sad, we need to hear from the emir and his government, innocent lives, why there don't seem to have been any fire alarms or sprinklers at this mall, answers please, it could be my kid there ...
    Duncan Fairley, Qatar National Bank

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  • Angry, US

    Tue, May 29 2012

    How is Qatar going to host world cup, a country that does not have enough safety measures for a mall?
    Qatar is NOT interested in building an Infrastructure. Just put up buildings quickly and collect rent -that's all they care about - money money money and nothing else.
    DISGUSTING

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  • Linda McKenzie, New Zealand

    Tue, May 29 2012

    So terribly sad to hear news of this tragedy with New Zealanders involved. We are all thinking of those involved. My niece and her children live there but not involved. Very sad.

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  • Hanif, Mangalore / Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    Very Sad news.Thank you daijiworld.com for updating with details

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  • Ashrian Dsouza , Mlore/Qatar

    Tue, May 29 2012

    May their souls REST IN PEACE, condolence to the family who lost their kids , and one family lost 3 kids , who were just 2, 5 , 6 years old, god give enough strength to the families of victims.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Mon, May 28 2012

    So Sad, tragic incident, Villegio its a biggest and beautiful shopping mall of Doha. Fire fighters police really did  a great job saved many hundreds.

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  • MKS, Udupi/Sharjah

    Mon, May 28 2012

    Very Sad incident, Can't believe the death of innocent children. women & fire fighters. One thing I observed in the Gulf that even after spending million dollars on fire protection / detection system ,buildings are not safe . Reasons are either fire detection /sprinkler systems are not maintained properly or not properly designed . In UAE the fire incidents are common. Fire Accident can happen any time anywhere but how well we prepared in an emergencies is important to reduce impact or causalities . How many of us know , how to use a fire extinguisher? May No or few .In Some building even extinguisher & hose reels are kept locked or access blocked or not functional

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, May 28 2012

    This is very shocking incident, my heart goes out the families of victims. May their souls rest in peace. good job by rescue personnel and civil defence. Mall security must have compulsary training regarding fire.

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  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Mon, May 28 2012

    Very tragic and sad incident.This is the time mercury shooting up to 50C plus temp that some time creates short circuit resulting in fires.But in Malls of international std, preventive mechanism system is in force by and large.The cause of causality is a cause of concern.May souls rest in peace.

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  • subhas shetty, Kurady, Dubai

    Mon, May 28 2012

    More then 19 people died in this fire.

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  • habeeb, udupi

    Mon, May 28 2012

    so sad news

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  • shushma, India

    Mon, May 28 2012

    Not seen but heard that fire dept & police indeed did a great job.the mall was evacuated soon.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Mon, May 28 2012

    Fire in Mall, but God has protected all.

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