Fire erupts in Dubai residential highrise (It’s the cladding)

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© AFP/File | Dubai has announced tougher rules to minimise fire risks after a series of tower blazes in the emirate

DUBAI (AFP) – A fire erupted in a residential highrise in Dubai Sunday, authorities said, days after a blaze tore through a tower across the street.

Dubai Civil Defence said Sunday it had put out the “minor fire” that broke out on a balcony in the 78-storey Tiger Tower, which opened to residents in 2010. No injuries were reported.

The building is across the street from The Torch, an 87-storey residential tower which was engulfed by a fire in early hours of Friday, with no reports of injuries.

The Torch was also the scene of a 2015 fire that triggered a mass evacuation of surrounding buildings.

In January, Dubai announced tougher rules to minimise fire risks after a series of tower blazes in the emirate mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side of the buildings.

In the early hours of January 1, 2015, on New Year’s Eve, 16 people were injured when a fire broke out in one of Dubai’s luxury hotels.

In November 2015, fire engulfed three residential blocks in central Dubai and led to services on a metro line being suspended, although no one was hurt.

In just over a decade, Dubai has built dozens of futuristic skyscrapers which have transformed its skyline.

The city is home to the world’s tallest building, Burj al-Khalifa, which stands 828 metres (2,700 feet) tall, as well as iconic palm tree-shaped, man-made luxury residential islands.

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Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in this Fri., Aug. 4, 2017 picture.

© AFP | Exterior cladding installed during a recent renovation has been blamed for spreading the fire that consumed London’s Grenfell Tower, killing at least 80 people

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The high-rise Fountain Views complex is being built by state-backed Dubai developer Emaar Properties

The high-rise Fountain Views complex is being built by state-backed Dubai developer Emaar Properties CREDIT:  KARIM SAHIB/AFP

A fire rages at a skyscraper in the Dubai Marina section of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The residential skyscraper in Dubai caught...

A fire rages at a skyscraper in the Dubai Marina section of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The residential skyscraper in Dubai caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending columns of smoke into the air and pieces of the building’s facade tumbling below. It’s the latest in a number of skyscraper fires across the United Arab Emirates in recent months. The most prominent was a New Year’s inferno at a 63-story residence near the world’s tallest tower. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

The Address Hotel Dubai, on Friday Morning, January 1, 2016
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The Address Downtown is on fire, with the flames reaching from the ground floor up another 40 storeys 

The Address Downtown is on fire, with the flames reaching from the ground floor up another 40 storeys

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside 
Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside
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The hotel is very close to the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper, and where the city were about to celebrate the New Year

The hotel is very close to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, and where the city were about to celebrate the New Year

It is unclear whether anyone has been injured in the fire, which can be seen across the city

It is unclear whether anyone has been injured in the fire, which can be seen across the city

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One Response to “Fire erupts in Dubai residential highrise (It’s the cladding)”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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