Photos: Fire breaks out in 35-storey Downtown Dubai building

A video posted online showed the fire raging through the high-rise building

Photos: AP
Photos: AP

Sahim Salim

Published: Mon 7 Nov 2022, 9:07 AM

Last updated: Tue 8 Nov 2022, 9:46 AM

A fire broke out in a high-rise building in Downtown Dubai in the early hours of Monday. All residents were safely evacuated, with no injuries or casualties reported, the Dubai Civil Defence confirmed.

A photo shared by the DCD showed black charred marks from the blaze on the 35-storey building.

A spokesperson for Emaar confirmed that the fire broke out at 8 Boulevard Walk.

Upon being alerted about the fire at 3.11am on Monday, firefighters reached the site in under five minutes. After evacuating the building, the civil defence worked towards putting out the “medium-intensity blaze” that broke out on the tower’s façade.

“The field commander confirmed at 4.52am that the fire had been brought under control. At 6.08am, the field commander’s signal declared that the operations were completely over and that the site would be handed over to the authorities concerned to take the necessary action,” the civil defence said.

Emaar said the situation was contained with the support of the government authorities concerned, and no casualties were reported.

“Emaar adheres to strict protocols and regulations. We take the health and safety of our residents very seriously and are working with the authorities concerned to investigate the incident. Emaar is also working with residents impacted by the incident to ensure they are being taken care of,” the property developer said.

According to Civil Defence data, the incidents of fires in Dubai high-rises (eight floors and above) are down by 5.48 per cent this year. As compared to 73 incidents in the first three quarters of 2021, 69 were reported during the same period in 2022.

A Dubai Civil Defence spokesperson confirmed that Dubai high-rises comply with “strict structural and fire safety standards that conform to international codes and regulations”.


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