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Dubai Police identify apartment where Torch tower fire started

British national questioned by officials, but was not arrested

Dubai Police identify apartment where Torch tower fire started
Damage to the Torch Tower is pictured after a fire engulfed the residential skyscraper in the Dubai Marina pictured on February 21, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)

Dubai Police say they have identified the apartment in which last month’s fire at The Torch tower at Dubai Marina originated.

According to Dubai newspaper 7Days, a British national who works as cabin crew for an airline has been questioned but not arrested.

The newspaper quotes CID head General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri as saying: “The fire started in his flat and it’s routine procedure to question him and his family, who were inside the flat.”

Al Mansouri did not give a cause for the fire, the paper said.

The Torch fire broke out in the early hours of February 21 and left more than 100 apartments uninhabitable.

Many residents are staying in hotels or with families until their homes are repaired.

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Marc Z 5 years ago

This is not the first time a tower has been of fire, and neither will it be the last. Therefore, isn't it time to look into construction materials used for such building? Similar to the Green Policy, It would make sense to implement Green Code in Tower or Building Construction by minimising flammable materials used in construction of such towers etc. There has to be a policy as at present the Developers use the cheapest materials they can get away with. This results shoddy and hazardous buildings. Time to take this issue SERIOUSLY.