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Huge blaze engulfs housing tower in Dubai’s JLT

Tamweel Tower goes up in smoke leading to hundreds of tenants being evacuated

Huge blaze engulfs housing tower in Dubai’s JLT
(Source: YouTube)

A huge fire broke out at Tamweel Tower in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers on Sunday morning leading to hundreds of tenants being evacuated from the high rise.

Residents of the building and surrounding blocks were woken at around 02:00 to the sound of smoke alarms as the fire started at one of Tamweel Tower’s upper floors.

Dubai Civil Defence teams arrived on the scene shortly after, although eyewitnesses reported that they appeared to be having difficulty reaching the blaze as they attempted to extinguish it by directing water from an adjacent building.

By about 04:00 debris had begun to tumble from the upper floors of the building to the ground below as the fire continued to spread from the structure's north to eastern sides.

The blaze was finally extinguished by around 07:00. At the time of writing the cause of the fire was still not known.

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre (DMCC), the master developer behind Jumeirah Lakes Towers, confirmed to Arabian Business that no casualties were reported as a result of the incident and that tenants had been offered temporary accommodation.

"DMCC would like to state that the emergency services have contained the fire in Tamweel Tower, Cluster U, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The authorities confirmed that there have been no casualties as a result of last night’s incident.  All previously evacuated towers, not affected by the fire, have been reopened by the police," a spokesperson said.

"Shortly after the fire broke out, displaced residents were offered shelter in Almas Tower. DMCC has arranged hotel accommodation for all affected Tamweel Tower residents.

"The relevant authorities are on site and are managing the situation.”

Jumeirah Lakes Towers is a mixed use development just south of Dubai, with around 80 office and residential blocks.

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Ed B 7 years ago

The authorities appear to have done a great job here; this was by no means an easy job, that was for sure. Thanks to the fire fighters and police, you are hero's!!! Going forward I hope that that this will lead to an investigation for all buildings in Dubai, and changes to existing buildings. There are to many of these huge tower fires in the UAE. A newly constructed tower should definitely not burn like this.

pauline redding 7 years ago

Can someone advise the general public what are the rules and regs regarding fire extinguishers in apts.....who provides and is it law that tenants have them ?
This needs attention before there are some serious consequences.

M * 7 years ago

I was driving to work at 7.30am and the flames were visible at the side of the building. I don't think it was extinguished as early as they say.

Peg 7 years ago

According to eye witness reports it was the concrete falling from the tower that spead the fire. I don't think that should happen. There has to be more legislation on the safety of materials used to build in this region.

Peter Hudson 7 years ago

The Dubai Civil Defense department needs to maintain very strict execution and inspection standards for new build construction.

A few years ago the inspections by this authority used to be very thorough and proper, leading to high quality of fire fighting standards in buildings.

In the interest of life safety of residents, the department needs to ensure that those strict inspection standards are maintained and not relaxed.

twistedtory 7 years ago

Dubai Municipality requires each individual residence to have a fire extinguisher in or close to the kitchen; property owners are responsible for purchase, placement and maintenance, though landlords seem to be intentionally ignorant about many of their obligations.

Jack 7 years ago

i live here around 7 Am it was under control they did a great job

Navin 7 years ago

It is a miracle that there are no casualties in these tower fires! The no of times fire alarms go off in these high rises is "alarming" and a major fire was waiting to happen. The authorities need to go further that the 10 lb dry powder fire extinguisher precaution they need to put in place a plan for higher floor residents evacuation in case of a lower floor in building fire, shudder to think what would happen if the fire escape staircase were to be gutted!

rednrosy 7 years ago

I think this may be the beginning of a scandal...

ZeTallGerman 7 years ago

I'm so glad I no longer have to live in an apartment building/tower. When we used to live in apartments, we experienced fires breaking out (usually in someone's kitchen) more than once. No fire alarm went off... no sprinkler system... and the apartments didn't have fire extinguishers. These days I live in a villa and I have a fire extinguisher (bought it myself) near my kitchen. If your landlord doesn't provide one, then every person should be responsible and go to a hardware store and purchase one. They are easy to use (we have one with powder) and are good to stop electrical fires, for example. Fire safety and awareness in this country still has a long, long way to go unfortunately...