Salwa building fire leaves two people hurt; firemen battle huge Amghara blaze

KUWAIT: A Kuwaiti man was killed and two others were injured after two boats collided near the scientific center. The accident was handled by Salmiya sea fire station. Separately, a building in Salwa caught fire, so Bidaa and Mishref fire stations responded and found parts of the building were cracked due to the blaze, which started in the basement. The building was evacuated and the fire was put out. The building’s haris (janitor) sustained various burns, and an Asian helper suffered from smoke inhalation.

Meanwhile, Occupational Jahra, Sulaibikhat, Tahreer and back-up fire stations battled a blaze at the Amghara scrap yard yesterday morning. The fire was in a 2,500-square-meter area containing wood, furniture and other material. In the meantime, a Kabd farm used as a store containing tents and tires caught fire. Kabd firemen contained the fire and put it out. No injuries were reported.

Fight over card game
Two Kuwaitis traded blows during a card game, then traded charges at the police station, Al-Rai reported yesterday. The two had a heated argument while playing at the diwaniya of a friend that escalated to a physical fight. Other friends stepped in and broke up the fight, yet the two went to the police station and each accused the other of starting the fight. Police are investigating.

Harasser at large
A harasser forcefully stopped a Kuwaiti woman on Arabian Gulf Road and gave her his phone number, begging her to call him, reported Al-Rai. She lodged a complaint against him. The woman told police that the man chased her while driving and forced her to stop, and did not leave until she took a paper with his number on it. Police are seeking to arrest him and he will face legal action if charged.

Car stolen
A Kuwaiti woman accused her estranged husband of stealing her car, telling police that he is the only one with a spare key for it. A source quoted in an Al-Rai reprot said the ex-husband is being summoned for questioning over the charges.

Drug dealer caught
Police arrested a Kuwaiti drug pusher, and he was sent to concerned authorities. Police on a routine patrol stopped and searched the man and found 36 illicit tablets and three heroin envelopes with him. He told them he was selling them, according to an Al-Rai report.

An Egyptian woman was swindled by a compatriot, who convinced her to import ceramics and took KD 2,600 from her. A police source quoted by Al-Rai yesterday said the victim told police that her compatriot, who works in a ceramics shop, convinced her to partner with him to import ceramics at a cheap price, then asked her to pay him KD 2,600. The victim took a loan from a bank and gave him the money, but he started avoiding her before disappearing completely. Detectives are investigating.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun and Agencies