Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Towering inferno

Every tower block resident's nightmare, a fire during the night. 

It happened yesterday in Dubai, in the development next to ours, about 2 kilometres away, in a 34 storey tower.

Photos from emirates247.com

The fire began at 2am, with everone sleeping at that time of course, but the fire alarms activated and thankfully all six hundred residents got out with no casualties reported. Adjacent towers were evacuated as a precaution.

The fire brigade were on the scene within four minutes apparently, with fifteen fire fighting teams plus police and extra water tankers.  It took them six hours to extinguish the fire. Firefighters searched every apartment to make sure no-one was inside.

It could have been so much worse - the apartments on the top three floors were destroyed, eleven vehicles parked at the bottom of the building were destroyed by fire after burning debris fell onto them. And of course, there's extensive damage to the facade.

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