QNA News Bulletin on Villaggio Fire Investigation
As it has been announced since few days, the Committee hascompleted its mission to determine the causes and circumstances of the fire, which occurred in the Villagio Commercial Complex on 28May.Before presenting the main outcomes of the Committee's report, it should be noted that:First: The Committee has completed its task within the stipulatedtime frame (one week), where it examined the fireplace, met andheard the testimony of all parties involved and thus prepared atechnical report according to the highest standards of integrity andtransparency and with the help and participation of a number of experts and specialists.Second: The committee's task (specified in the letter of designationissued by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani),which has a technical nature, aims at defining the causes andcircumstances of the incident and proposing the plans to prevent future similar incidents from occurring. Meanwhile the criminalaspect of the incident reveals of the Public Prosecution's competence.Third: The Committee has informed the families of the victims on theoutcomes of its mission upon the recommendations of HH the HeirApparent in this regard. The committee's Chairman has visited thevictims' families and briefed them on the results obtained.The most important conclusions about the circumstances of thisincident are:
Course of Events:
The fire was not premeditated. The committee made sure that the fire began in the mezzanine at Nike sportswear store due toa faulty electrical wiring in the fluorescent light, which led tothe ignition of its plastics components before falling to thegoods made by flammable materials.
Staff of Nike store and Villaggio security men failed inextinguishing the fire.