Multiple businesses caught in blaze

Fire contained in Samawah commercial district

SAMAWAH — Civil defense teams quelled a blaze in a commercial building in central Samawah on Friday, which ravaged four paint shops and the second floor of an adjacent private school.

The fire erupted in a structure owned by merchant Abbas Hamza Abdul Hussein, located behind the Zain Communications Company, and it spread to the nearby Shams Al-Ma’arif Private School, according to a civil defense official. “This morning, a fire occurred in the building […] The fire completely destroyed four paint shops and burned the second floor of the rear section of Shams Al-Ma’arif Private School,” the official told 964media.

No casualties were reported as the teams managed to contain the fire, preventing further damage to surrounding structures.

Forensic investigators are currently examining the scene to determine the cause.

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