With millions of losses and massive destruction, Mubarakiya — the historic heart of Kuwait — ended its week yesterday, with the massive fire that devastated hundreds of shops in the arms market and spread to perfume shops, household appliances and others as hundreds of firefighters, the Ministry of Interior and the National Guard mobilized forces to control the towering inferno.

The fire started from the gun market and spread to nearby perfume shops, while the number of damaged shops reached about 300 causing damage worth thousands of dinars reports a local Arabic daily quoting Interior Ministry sources.

What helped fan the fire was the presence of alcohol used in the manufacture of perfumes and wooden umbrellas.

Efforts to put out the fire continued until the late hours of the night while the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf announced that the part that was exposed to the fire will be closed for two days in order to secure the property of the owners of the damaged shops and their surroundings, and to complete the investigation to find out the causes of the fire.

The fire damage was limited to material losses, while no serious injuries were recorded.

The daily has learned that the State Property Department in the Ministry of Finance obliges the lessees of the shops in the arms market and Mubarakiya to sign contracts for compulsory insurance, which contributes to compensating the owners of the damaged shops for their losses by insurance companies.

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