Fire breaks out at a tower under construction in Dubai

April 03, 2017

undefinedFour workers were rescued from the fire that broke out in a tower that is under-construction, near Burj Khalifa around 5.30AM on Sunday.

The blaze engulfed Address Residences Fountain Views, a 60-storey tower being developed by Emaar Properties that was expected to be completed by April 2018, according to a media reports. 

Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, Commander in Chief of the UAE Civil Defence, said the fire stated in the car parking area on fifth floor and then spread to the seventh floor. "We received a call at 5.35AM, about a fire in Fountain Views Tower in Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. The fire firefighter arrived at 5.40AM.” He said that the fire happened in a pile of construction materials and firefighters from eight stations brought the fire under control by 12 noon.

Roads around the building, located in an area popular with shoppers and tourists, were closed as firefighters tackled the blaze. The Dubai Media Office Twitter account later said that the fire was under control, with cooling operations underway and no injuries were reported. 

It is the second fire to hit an Emaar building after the developer's Address Downtown hotel was gutted by a blaze on New Year's Eve 2015. That building, which is due to reopen before the end of 2017, is located close to Fountain Views. 

Several tall buildings, including residential compounds and hotels, have been hit by fire in Dubai over the past two years or so. The spate of blazes has prompted the authorities to tighten safety regulations on new buildings. 

Emaar said in a statement that they were waiting for the final report of investigation from the concerned authorities.


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