10 killed, 8 hurt in Abu Dhabi fire that guts building being illegally used as labor quarters

Police in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi say 10 people were killed and eight others were wounded in a fire that tore through an industrial area where laborers were sleeping.

Abu Dhabi police said they were notified of the fire early Friday morning in the al-Mussafah industrial area. Firefighters from several stations were dispatched.

They say fire broke out in car repair shops located in a commercial building before spreading to a second-story warehouse that had been illegally rented out as accommodation to the workers.

Police did not identify the victims, but said they comprised different nationalities. Much of the manual labor in the Emirates is done by South Asians.

An investigation is underway. Police have arrested the building owner and are in the process of detaining others.