Dubai fire races up high-rise near world’s tallest building

A fire that ripped through a 35-story high-rise building in Dubai near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, early Monday morning, was brought under control, local authorities said.

Residents were evacuated, with no injuries or casualties reported, the Dubai Civil Defense confirmed.
In a statement, Dubai Civil Defense said firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 3:11am, which was part of a series of towers called 8 Boulevard Walk by Emaar.

The blaze affected the tower’s facade, reported the Dubai Civil Defense. It was extinguished in three hours.

In a statement, an Emaar spokesperson said the company was working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the fire.

“Emaar is also working with residents impacted by the incident to ensure they are being taken care of,” the spokesperson added.

On New Year’s Eve in 2015, a blaze ripped through the Address Downtown, one of the most upscale hotels and residences in Dubai near the Burj Khalifa.

The series of fires in Dubai’s skyscrapers in recent years has revived questions about the safety of cladding and other materials used in the country.

The Dubai Civil Defense, however, released figures on Monday that said fires in Dubai high-rise buildings of eight floors and above have seen a 5.48 percent decrease from 73 in the first three quarters of 2021 to 69 in the same period this year.

Source: Arab News

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