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QNA Press Release on Villaggio Fire Investigation As it has been announced since few days, the Committee has

completed its mission to determine the causes and circumstances of the fire, which occurred in the Villagio Commercial Complex on 28 May. Before presenting the main outcomes of the Committee's report, it should be noted that: First: The Committee has completed its task within the stipulated time frame (one week), where it examined the fireplace, met and heard the testimony of all parties involved and thus prepared a technical report according to the highest standards of integrity and transparency and with the help and participation of a number of experts and specialists. Second: The committee's task (specified in the letter of designation issued by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani), which has a technical nature, aims at defining the causes and circumstances of the incident and proposing the plans to prevent future similar incidents from occurring. Meanwhile the criminal aspect of the incident reveals of the Public Prosecution's competence. Third: The Committee has informed the families of the victims on the outcomes of its mission upon the recommendations of HH the Heir Apparent in this regard. The committee's Chairman has visited the victims' families and briefed them on the results obtained. The most important conclusions about the circumstances of this incident 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 to a faulty electrical wiring in the fluorescent light, which led to the ignition of its plastics components before falling to the goods made by flammable materials.  Staff of Nike store and Villaggio security men failed in extinguishing the fire.

 The first smoke was recorded at 10:50 am; then the fire has spread rapidly and the smoke leaked out to the adjacent Gympanzee, which was home to the victims.  The civil defense was informed about the fire at 11:02 am after a distress call from one of the civil defense staff, who was near the Villaggio complex.  The Civil Defense arrived at the scene about 11:05 am, but discovered that there are children trapped in Gympanzee after only half an hour of arrival. The Search and Rescue Team under the Internal Security Force (Lekhoya) started its operations to remove the trapped victims and succeeded to remove the first trapped at 12:50 pm  The Committee was informed by police that 13 children, four school teachers and martyred fire fighters have died by smoke suffocation

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