MNDF Fire and Rescue Service put out fire in workshop

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Fire and Rescue Service put out a fire that broke out at a workshop in the seven-storey Sun Gold building on Orchid Magu in Male’.

According to the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), the fire was reported at 6:50pm on Thursday evening and FRS arrived in the area three minutes later. No one was injured in the fire, FRS said.

The workshop, located next to Asrafee Bookshop, has an adjoining warehouse. Both the workshop and warehouse are in the ground floor of the Sun Gold building, which is part of Maafanu Unimaage.

Local media meanwhile reported that the Sun Gold building as well as residences in the vicinity were evacuated. The warehouse was reportedly used to store outboard engines, jet skis and chemicals.

An official from Sun Travels Company, which owns the workshop and warehouse, told Sun Online that engines, petrol and other expensive items were stored at the warehouse. The workshop also had equipment used for resin and fibre work, the official said.

The official said that residents on the upper floor of the building were not at home when the fire broke out.