[WATCH] Update 2 | Fire breaks out at Marsa carnival warehouse, nobody injured, animals rescued

No people were in the building • Two dogs and two hamsters escaped unharmed

Members of the Civil Protection Department have been dispatched on site to control the fire (Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)
Members of the Civil Protection Department have been dispatched on site to control the fire (Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)

Nobody was injured after a fire broke out on Tuesday morning at a warehouse in Marsa, which was being used to house carnival floats.

The police said that they were informed of a fire in a warehouse in the vicinity of the Marsa slaughterhouse at around 9.30am. Members of the Civil Protection Department were dispatched to the site.

The roof of the warehouse - which was being used by carnival company RRG - has collapsed, and the area is riddled with the remnants of carnival floats.

Carnival company owner Redeemer Casha speaks of his shock at the fire's destruction

Redeemer Casha from RRG told MaltaToday that nobody had been in the warehouse at the time of the fire, and that he had no idea as to what could have caused the flames to start. "I couldn't believe it when I heard there was a fire... but then I came to the site and saw this," Casha said.

Fire fighters are using cameras to try to locate where the dogs which are caught inside the warehouse are
Fire fighters are using cameras to try to locate where the dogs which are caught inside the warehouse are

CPD director Emanuel Psaila also confirmed that no people were in the building, but that some dogs were caught inside. The dogs were later found and are alive and well.

Firefighters earlier used a camera to try to determine, from the outside, where the dogs - Spotty and Nico - were located within the building, but it appears that they were able to escape the blaze by jumping onto neighbouring roofs. They will now be checked by veterinary personnel at the animal welfare department.

Two dogs escaped the fire unharmed
Two hamsters have been safely rescued from the building (Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)
Two hamsters have been safely rescued from the building (Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)

Two hamsters which were in the building have also been rescued safely.

Psaila said fire fighters adopted a defensive technique working from the outside to put out flames and cool the building. He added that today's strong winds are not helping the fire fighters in their effort to extinguish the fire.

(Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)
(Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)
(Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)
(Photo: Kurt Sansone/MediaToday)

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