Dubai tower fire was an accident, say police

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the blaze

Adam Schreck
Sunday 22 February 2015 01:00
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The flames engulfed the Marina Torch in Dubai, one of the world's tallest residential buildings
The flames engulfed the Marina Torch in Dubai, one of the world's tallest residential buildings

Police in Dubai have said that there is no suspicion that a fire that swept through one of the world’s tallest residential buildings was a deliberate criminal act.

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the blaze at the Torch, which sent hundreds of residents out into the streets as flames raged several storeys high.

Dubai’s police chief, Major General Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina, said in a statement that firefighters put out the blaze after several hours yesterday morning before it caused serious damage.

Resident R J Morlock, 33, of Houston, Texas, said: “I was really surprised [the fire crews] got it under control pretty quickly. It looked like it was going to go up.”

High winds from a sandstorm whipped through the area, fanning the flames, and debris from the fire cluttered nearby streets. Several balconies were damaged, and a number of people who sustained minor injuries were treated by ambulance crews at the scene. Investigators were examining the scene, but there are no indications of foul play, Maj Gen al-Mazeina said.

The building rises more than 1,082ft and contains more than 600 flats. The fire was believed to have started around the 50th floor.

Kingfield Owner Association Management Services, which looks after the building, is arranging temporary shelter. The Torch opened in 2011. In a statement yesterday, its developer, Select Group, said more than 1,000 people were evacuated from the building and some were later being let back in. (AP)

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