Dubai: Fears are being raised that there could be sailors trapped in at least two of the boats in which fire broke out on Monday afternoon at the Dubai Creek near Deira area.

A Dubai Civil Defence spokesperson said there were no injuries or deaths as of yet.

An official said the fire was brought under control within just two and a half hours by the civil defence teams.

But he added that the emergency crews fear that there could have been sailors trapped in two of the boats in which the fire began.

One person from the boat was taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation and three Civil Defence fighters were treated for dehydration.

“The fire spread because of multi-cargo on the shore”.

Meanwhile, Col Rashid bin Massam Al Buflaseh, DCD General Director, Office Manager, said: “The electrical items, such as refrigerators and washing machines had compressors that made the situation even more hazardous”.

Three boats carrying cargo caught fire in Dubai Creek on Monday and the blaze spread to boxes of food stuff, plastics and tyres on shore.

Eight firefighting trucks and rescue vehicles plus three firefighting boats were rushed to the spot within minutes of the start of the fire, which was brought fully under control around 6pm.