Dubai: Fire in Downtown hotel put out in minutes

Social media users and eyewitnesses have shared images of the blaze

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Photo: Twitter/Emad Faris
Photo: Twitter/Emad Faris

Sherouk Zakaria

Published: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 3:42 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Apr 2022, 10:46 PM

A massive fire that broke out on the rooftop of a Dubai hotel on Wednesday afternoon has been put out by firefighters in 18 minutes, Dubai Civil Defense said.

Authorities said the fire gutted several air conditioners on the roof of Swissotel Al Murooj hotel in Burj Khalifa area. The cause of the fire remains unclear.

The building was immediately evacuated for people’s safety as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

The operations room received a report of the fire, which sent thick black plumes of smoke over downtown area in Dubai, at 3:19pm.

Firefighters from Zabeel, Al Rashidiya and Barsha stations were immediately dispatched, reaching the site within only four minutes. The fire was brought under control by 3:41pm, before cooling operations started 10 minutes later.

No causalities or injuries have been reported.

Officials said the accident has been referred to relevant authorities for further investigations.


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