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Dubai developer offers free housing to victims of Torch blaze

The First Group will provide accommodation to "select" residents for up to two months free of charge

Dubai developer offers free housing to victims of Torch blaze

Dubai property developer The First Group has promised to house some of the victims of last month’s fire at the Torch tower.

The company said on Thursday it would provide 20 studio and one-bedroom apartments at its Metro Central and First Central hotels in Tecom.

Accommodation will be provided to “select” residents for up to two months free of charge, the company said.

The blaze at the Dubai Marina tower on February 21 left more than 100 apartments uninhabitable, the building’s insurer said, while the outside of the tower has been severely damaged.

Police are still working to identify the cause of the fire, and it was reported this week that they had identified the apartment where it had originated.

Danny Lubert, chairman of The First Group, said: “While the fire briefly drew the attention of the world’s media, the human tragedy behind the headlines remains very real for many of the Torch’s residents.

“As one of Dubai’s leading property developers, we felt it was our duty to give back to the community and assist these residents by providing them with short-term accommodation so they can go about rebuilding their lives.”

Earlier this week luxury hotel company Jannah Resorts offered residents affected by the fire a free 20-night stay at one of its resorts.

The First Group's Metro Central (above) and First Central (below) hotels in Tecom

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