Five hospitalised after fire destroys 16 water villas at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort

Five people have been hospitalised with minor injuries after a fire destroyed 16 water villas at the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort in North Male’ atoll this morning, local authorities have confirmed.

A police media official confirmed one Brazilian and three Chinese tourists had been taken to Male’ for treatment for injuries sustained during the resort blaze.  One Maldivian member of staff was taken to hospital on the island of Thulusdhoo, police said.

The media official confirmed that a special police investigation team including forensic officers were today assessing damage at the resort, though no further details were given on the possible cause of the blaze at time of press.

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Spokesperson Major Hussain Ali said fire fighters were informed of the blaze at 4:40am today.

Major Hussain said the fire was brought under control a few hours later at 6:50am, with the MNDF expected to provide technical assistance to police officers investigating the blaze. He said a total of 17 rooms were severely damaged.

Resort open

Mohamed Mahdy, General Manager of Administration for Adaaran, said the Hudhuranfushi Select resort remained open to guests, with its beach villas and other properties unaffected by the fire.

The spokesperson added that an investigation into the incident was already underway for insurance purposes.

Upon discovery of the fire, Mahdy said staff realised they did not have the capacity to deal with the blaze and called in MNDF firefighters.

Subsequent to publication, Mahdy clarified that the resort had three water pumps on site, and that staff had brought the fire under control as MNDF firefighters arrived.

He added that the design of the water villas, particularly roofs covered in thatched material, had meant the fire spread quickly, but efforts were still successful in preventing further spread to other areas on the resort.

Promotional image of resort's water villas

Fire safety

Mahdy said the company continued to operate its properties in full compliance with local regulations and would not be reviewing fire safety on the site.

Mahdy confirmed that resort’s water villas were not fitted with smoke alarms, explaining that the properties were “very different to city hotels”.

However, he said staff had woken up and evacuated all guests once the fire was discovered.

He said Adaaran had contracted local authorities to undertake fire safety training with staff at the resort.

Water villas – stilted structures that sit above the sea – have become synonymous with high-end resort properties in the Maldives and are offered as premium category accommodation by both local and multi-national hospitality groups in the country.

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi is the second of the country’s more than 100 exclusive island resort properties to have experienced a fire over the last three days, with local media reporting that five people had been hospitalised with minor injuries following a blaze at the Robinson Club resort in Gaafu Alifu Atoll.

Sun Online reported Friday (July 19) that three Maldivians and two foreigners were injured by an explosion that occurred in a staff store area on the property.

Four of those injured by the fire were reportedly admitted to hospital with burns on different parts of their body.

MNDF officials meanwhile speculated that the fire was likely the result of an electrical malfunction, according to Sun.

Tourism Minister Ahmed Adheeb could not be reached for comment at time of press.

Clarification: General Manager of Administration for the Adaaran resort, Mohamed Mahdy, subsequent to publication of this article informed Minivan News that the resort had three water pumps on site, and that staff had brought the fire under control as MNDF firefighters arrived.


20 thoughts on “Five hospitalised after fire destroys 16 water villas at Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi resort”

  1. Its the wrath of God, for engaging themselves in non-religious activities during the holy month of Rama'llan.

    Of course it is Gods will. Without his will nothing would happen. And here He has willed the fire to damage these villas.

  2. "Its the wrath of God, for engaging themselves in non-religious activities during the holy month of Rama’llan."

    Yeah, I shall quote you to all the Muslim families that had their family killed by other Muslims. All in the name of God of course.

  3. To admit that there were no smoke alarms will invalidate any insurance claim the company hopes to receive for the re-building of the villas.

    International tour operator wont touch the resort with a barge pole, if they don't comply with international fire regulations.

    Another money saving scam, that will cost more in the long run.

  4. The Islamic god Allah hates alcohol and pork and extramarital sex for some reason. I'm guessing this is his punishment. Also note how the kuffar were taken to Male' and the Maldivian Muslim was taken to an Island hospital? Some Muslims are more equal than others and some Muslims are more kaafir than kaafirs. Such Muslims deserve Allah's wrath too.

  5. this wasn't because of 'Allah' this was more than likely due to an electric fault or someone leaving their straightners on.
    If allah hates sex and alcohol then what about all the other resort in the maldives?

    People is it also Gods will to let he poor die in hunger? to let your aunt die due to cancer? yes what a fantasic god you have.

  6. If Allah is a nice bloke then maybe this was just a bad situaion. Why has it always got to religion?

  7. Dhivehistanis say that Pompeii was destroyed because of sex. If a mighty volcano can erupt because Allah was disgusted, why can't he also cause an electric spark? Ghazali says cotton burns not because of fire but because Allah wills it to burn - and then he closed the gates of ijtihad. So no more reasoning, Mr Hubbu Huraira. The rest of the resorts are being tested - will they take heed or not? Ban tourism before more people are burnt by Allah.

  8. If God or Allah was a good person he would punish you for even mentioning pork, alcohol or extramarital sex. You goon there ain't no god it's all about fire and water which is superior is water. You ain't no more special than a gutter whore or a defect so keep your views to yourself coz the real world ain't listening to you with your inferior stories

  9. A lesson to all resorts that have Thatch Roof. The fact remains, the roof can go on fire with a just a splinter of anything.

    Not to forget, not all staffs on these resorts are happy.

  10. Insurance scam to pay for the next coup when Nasheed gets in again.

  11. Guys if you want apply logic to situations, do so consistently.

    What happened in 6th century and before, you say God destroyed them because of infidels and disbelievers.

    What happens now, you say is due to environmental issues like weather, volcano, tsunami...etc. regardless of belief, they strike across all. So, God does not love Iranian Muslims over Saudi Muslims or even over Mongolian wildebeests. The sooner you get that through your thick skull, the better.

    People, use your brains. In all probable reality, there is no difference between then and now, in terms of natural phenomena. The only difference is the awareness of people.

    People get angry, not as much over religion disputes, but more over the fact they are made fun and ridiculed over. So, when some one issues cartoons of Gods and messengers, it just make the devout believers feel stupid. You see, the devout believers feel that anyone who insults their top, they will be punished from top. When they see that the top does nothing, it makes the devout believers question their own thoughts and ask themselves why have we been misled for so long? That makes them feel indescribably stupid and angry!

  12. Isn't everything an act of god? No matter what fairy tale story you choose to follow.

  13. There is much speculation that this fire was caused by somebody cooking hermit crabs in a kettle.

  14. "Its the wrath of God, for engaging themselves in non-religious activities during the holy month of Rama’llan."

    Yup, and the God decided to punish only people in Maldives in year 2013 and that too only in a few atolls.

  15. I'm hoping none of you are Maldivians. If you are, you must be some of those good for nothing wanna-be atheists who ran out of things to do with life and decided hey, this might b fun! Lets be athists!.. sorry but you won't find fun there either.

    I don't really care what religion you follow or don't, but there's no necessity here to show off your new found dumbness and say such things at beleivers and their higher powers. Just try to get this into your thik useless skulls. You don't need to criticise a religion and its god just to be in another religion or be an atheist.

    And with all your wide vocabularies, try to find the meaning of justice, harmony and co-existence.

    This news was about a fire that harmed human beings, Not christians of Muslims or Jews. At keast try to have some humanity in your souls!

    May Allah show you all the right path. Ameen.

  16. u should stop publishing those comments making fun of our beloved religion.

  17. Im stunned seeing the large number of comments mocking the religion of Islam, and who ever is moderating this page has not taken any action to remove those comments.

  18. Just a bunch of uneducated idiots talking about religion .. Look at the topic its about a fire ..not about cheistianity or islam.. For godsake this is way too much and for the moderator of this page pls take and action about the dumb comments or u really intend to keep this here to ignite spark ..all of us we r humans even christians or muslims or whatever religion .. U have a heart keep it beating .. N follow wots right and wrong ..

  19. thats all im coming for !!! bring on the alcohol, putang and juicy pulled pork 🙂


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