Fire at Maafannu residence extinguished

MNDF officers operate outside M. Sithaara in Male' City on March 6, 2018. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Afrah)

The fire that started at a residence located in the Maafannu district of Male' City has been extinguished. 

The fire was controlled around 4:25 p.m. 

Spokesperson of MNDF, Captain Ibrahim Azim said that the fire at the third floor of Maafannu Sithaaraage was reported around 3:25 p.m. today. 

A man evacuated from Sithaaraage following the fire at the residence on 6 March 2018 - Sun Photo: Mohamed Afrah

MNDF Fire and Rescue Services led the fire fighting efforts. 

Sources say that residence is occupies by expatriates and the house was evacuated when the fire started. 

Some reports say that an explosion was heard before the fire itself started. 

A foreign man affected by the smoke was take to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital.

A man affected by smoke inhalation during the fire at Sithaaraage being taken to an ambulance on 6 March 2018 - Sun Photo: Mohamed Afrah

Maldives Police Service has launched an investigation to find the cause of the fire. 

Defence Minister, Adam Shareff Umar visited the scene of the incident for a close monitoring of the situation.