Monday, August 20, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Major blaze engulfs Zen Tower in Dubai Marina

No injuries reported as firefighters put out fire that engulfed residential tower in Dubai Marina.

A residential tower has caught fire in Dubai amid a sandstorm that has hit large parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

Videos of the blaze were widely shared on social media, showing the newly constructed Zen Tower in Dubai Marina engulfed in flames on Sunday morning.

The Dubai Civil Defence has been working to control the fire, the government-run Dubai Media Office said on Twitter.  

The cause of the fire remains unclear. Local media reported that the blaze started at approximately 11am (09:00 GMT).

"The building was evacuated safely and no injuries were reported," Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Director of Dubai Civil Defence, Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, said firefighters were at the site of the fire within six minutes of the incident. 

"Despite the difficulty of air conditions and low level of visibility, the firefighters were able to efficiently control the incident in 45 minutes," he told local media.  

Videos posted on social media also showed police halting the movement of vehicles across the road where the fire broke out. 

Dubai passed new fire safety rules in 2017, requiring buildings to install more fire-resistant cladding.

Authorities have previously acknowledged that at least 30,000 buildings across the UAE have cladding or panelling that safety experts have warned accelerates the spread of fires.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Egypt's Sisi signs new law tighteni...

Read More

Qatar accuses Saudi Arabia of block...

Read More

US ends Syria stabilisation plan wo...

Read More

Israeli forces shut down Al-Aqsa Mo...

Read More

Iraq says its warplanes killed 28 I...

Read More

Hamas decries Israeli decision to e...

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Global_News

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid