Skyscraper fire extinguished, no injuries, Dubai authorities say

  • Skyscraper fire extinguished, no injuries, Dubai authorities say

Skyscraper fire extinguished, no injuries, Dubai authorities say

The 1,155-foot-tall building, designed by National Engineering Bureau and completed in 2011, first went up in flames in February of 2015. The Torch Tower is near Dubai Marina.

Authorities said residents staying at the 86-storey Torch Tower had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

In the footage published by the Dubai civil defense, after the firemen managed to secure the premises, the lights in some of the apartments situated on the top floors were still on.

Residents were asked to register with the Dubai Police directly on arrival at the site to gain access to your property.

The skyscraper, however, remained closed to residents.

Some residents were also housed in Media One and Radisson Blu hotels on Friday evening.

In the internal memo, the management company announced that domestic water supply, fire fighting line and chillers on lower circuits have been restored.

A type of cladding reported to have been used on the Grenfell Tower has been found on a small number of low-rise schools in 14 Scottish local authorities, the Scottish Government said.

"Based on this information residents will be informed and/or advised of further accommodation requirements", the memo said.

The cause of the fire on was not immediately known but in the past, such infernos in Dubai have been linked to highly flammable building cladding — as was the devastating June tower fire in London that killed at least 80 people.

Samia Badani, chairman of the resident's association at Bramley House, next to Grenfell Tower, told the newspaper, "They clearly took their duty to protect the safety of residents seriously and were organised".

"It seemed really out of control", he said.

Al Marri praised the fact that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was following up the incident, along with His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

Damages and repairs will be covered by the tower's insurance company, he said.