The towering inferno

It is agonising to know the cases of skyscrapers being gutted is becoming so rampant these days…

By (Jayashree Kulkarni, by email)

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Published: Wed 24 Apr 2013, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:46 AM

A massive fire that broke out at Al Hafeet Tower in Sharjah on Monday afternoon displaced dozens of families in a matter of two hours. Though many residents suffered breathing difficulty due to smoke inhalation, fatalities and further destruction was avoided due to the quick response and prompt action by the police and rescue teams that helped in evacuating the residents and minimising the spread of blaze.

Quite often one hears about fire breaking out in high-rise buildings. The common occurrences of fire in residential buildings leave the residents in lurch. If adequate enforcement of existing building codes and safety procedures are followed to the letter of law, fire can be preventable. For many a times, it is human error that is the prime cause of untoward incidents. Hence being cautious and vigilant goes a long way.

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