With reporting from Lesley Walker and Marium Saeed
An overnight fire has ripped through a construction office property on the western edge of Education City, destroying several buildings.
Officials say no one was injured in the blaze, which started at approximately 11:20pm on Monday evening. The cause is being investigated.
The site, located near Education City’s gate 15, was used by project management firm Astad.
This morning, Civil Defense firefighters appeared to still be working to completely extinguish the fire, as it continued to emit thick smoke that was clearly visible from other parts of campus.
Water tankers could be seen arriving on the site alongside additional firefighters and police officers.
The property appeared to house several low-rise buildings that were badly damaged in the fire. Many of the building’s metal roofs appeared warped and the steel supports buckled.
In a statement, Qatar Foundation said the building was empty when the fire started. Civil Defense brought the blaze under control, and a joint investigation is being carried out to determine how the fire started.
The company has been involved in more than a dozen projects in the vicinity, including the Qatar National Convention Center, Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Sidra Medical Research Center as well as several Education City buildings such as Texas A&M University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University and the Student Center, among others.
Speaking to Doha News, an Astad spokesperson said the company has a business continuity plan and would be able to relocate its operations “with minimal disruption.”
Last night’s blaze comes at the start of the so-called “busy fire season.”
During the hot summer months, the outbreak of fires are far more common here as electricity consumption skyrockets, leading to more short circuits, officials have previously said.
Did you see last night’s blaze? Thoughts?