Fake news: Man on fire at Dubai Mall

Dubai Police, Civil Defence confirm that viral video of man on fire did not happen in the UAE, and warned residents of spreading fake news

Dubai: Authorities have denied rumours about a man caught on fire at Dubai Mall, after a video clip of the incident went viral on social media.    

The 58-second video clip shows the man’s T-shirt and jeans completely set alight, while visitors and mall security personell frantically search for a fire extinguisher to douse out the flames. 

The video was quickly circulated among social networking sites in the Gulf, which also claimed that the shocking incident took place in Dubai Mall. 

On its official Twitter account, Dubai Civil Defence explained that the fire was caused due to a faulty mobile phone that exploded in the victim’s pocket. However, the incident did not take place anywhere I the UAE.

The accident happened in the city of Agadir in Morocco on June 3, according to online news sites.

“A 30-year-old man set himself on fire at the main entrance of the supermarket Marjane, on June 3. After local authorities arrived, the man was transported to Hassan II Hospital in Agadir with second- and third-degree burns,” reported Agadir24.info. 

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