Largest safari boat under construction catches fire in Alifushi

Haveeru Daily
Sep 15, 2010 - 12:00

MALE, September 15 (HNS) – The largest safari boat being built in Maldives burnt down in Raa atoll Alifushi after it caught fire Wednesday morning.

Deputy Island Chief Ahmed Zahir said police and armed forces put out the fire around 12pm.

Although the cause is still unknown, Zahir said the fire broke out in the safari boat owned by a foreign party and built by Mohamed Yousuf of Gulraunaage/Raa atoll Alifushi, after a resin container caught fire.

“When the container caught fire, [the people working on the boat] tried to extinguish it. Even after the fire broke out in the safari, they tried to extinguish it. But they left the safari when they were sure that the fire cannot be extinguished,” he said.

Haveeru was unable to contact Yousuf as he was not in the island. Sources from the island, however, put the loss to over US$2 million.

An islander who was trying to extinguish the fire burnt his hand badly. However, he was discharged from the island’s health centre after treatment.

Zahir stressed that the 165-foot long boat was 70 percent completed when it caught fire around 7.55am.

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12.09 - The Island Office has said that the fire which broke out in a safari being constructed about 400 feet away from the inhabited area has been controlled.

Deputy Island Chief Ahmed Zahir said police and armed forces are still trying to put out the fire completely using water.

The fire broke out in the safari owned by a foreign party and built by Mohamed Yousuf of Gulraunaage/Raa atoll Alifushi, after a resin container caught fire.

09.58 - Haveeru understands that an islander who was trying to put out the fire burnt his hand badly and is being treated at the island's health centre.

People present at the scene told Haveeru via phone that a short-circuit caused the fire at the largest safari being built in the Maldives. The only work being carried at the 165-foot long, fibre glass safari was building the interior rooms, the sources claimed.

According to the sources, the safari is nearly burnt in the fire and the islanders and police are trying to move equipments from the area.

09.38 - According to sources from the island, the boat was being built at a camp near Alifushi Boat Yard. Haveeru understands that the boat was almost completed when it caught fire around half an hour ago.

09.30 - Haveeru understands that a safari boat being built in Raa atoll Alifushi is on fire.

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