Torch Tower owners praise Dubai emergency services for fire response

 | February 22, 2015

undefinedundefinedThe owners of the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina have today (Sunday, February 22) praised the work of the emergency services after the blaze yesterday morning.

Almost all of the thousand-plus residents of the fire damaged skyscraper in Dubai have returned to their apartments following the blaze.

But investigators are still trying to establish the cause which scorched the north eastern corner of the four-year-old building over 30 floors.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the 86-storey building just after 2am on Saturday as the external cladding caught fire from the 50th floor.

In a statement owners Select Group praised the work of the emergency services in tackling the flames in one of the world’s tallest residential structures situated in Dubai Marina

The Select Group has completed six towers in Dubai in five years and  is one of the UAE's biggest developers, which also has developments in Europe.

A statement said: “Over a thousand people were safely evacuated from the building while a strong sandstorm raged outside

“Although the incredibly strong winds fanned the fire, the building’s fire safety systems and evacuation protocols worked as planned. The fire was swiftly bought under control.

“Representatives of Select Group were present on site since news of the incident broke out in the early hours of the morning. The first concern was providing any support required to Kingfield Owner Association (the building management company) and the authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents and their families.”

Dubai Civil Defence is still investigating the cause of the fire, as Kingfield Owner Association management Services is providing provision for those affected.

The company has arranged for a temporary shelter and provisions to be made available on the 97th floor of Princess Tower - the world's tallest residential tower, opposite The Torch - which also houses a temporary support centre.

The statement said: “The main focus at this time is to ensure that all residents are safe and looked after while we also assist in arrangements for alternative accommodation for those whose apartments have been affected.”


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