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13 Jun 2012

Al Jazeera

'Electric fault' started deadly Qatar fire

An…investigation into a fire at a shopping centre in Qatar which left 19 dead…has concluded that the blaze was started by an electricity problem with a faulty spotlight. The Qatar Special Higher Committee concluded its week-long investigation into the fire …[and] found that the child care centre was not licensed by the ministry of Social Affairs, as required by Qatari law…The investigation concluded that the fire started at…a Nike sports goods store after an electricity problem caused a faulty spotlight to catch fire…The technical committee also found shortcomings in the response of the security team at Villaggio, including employees at the Nike store, adding that the lack of good plans to deal with an emergency limited their abilities to contain the fire…The committee only investigated the technical cause of the blaze, leaving the criminal part to public prosecutors.