Emirate Tower Fires spark Safety Fears
The most recent in a list of Emirate Tower Fires spark Safety Fears for Emirate apartment tower blocks. Residents have been evacuated after a major fire engulfed a high-rise tower in Ajman, the latest in a series of skyscraper blazes in the United Arab Emirates.
The streets around the Ajman building were cordoned off by police as firefighters battled with the blazing building. The blaze occurred late on Monday night, March 28th 2016 in tower 8 of the Tower One project which is located in the Swan area of Ajman.
According to the Khaleej Times tenants of the tower block have been evacuated. It also says that Shaikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman and Lt. General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, reached the site of the fire and oversaw the efforts by the civil defence to put out the fire.
Worries are being expressed about the safety of tower blocks around the Emirate as this is the latest in a number of such incidents.
A New Year’s Eve firework display was interrupted following a huge fire which engulfed part of the Address, a luxury Dubai hotel. It took four hours to put out the fire, luckily there were no fatalities.
This blaze started on the 20th floor of the building, which is also a residential address. Videos taken by witnesses and uploaded to social media outlets show the huge flames rapidly climbing the hotel’s exterior from what appeared to be a terrace or balcony lower down.
Dubai has seen two similar fires in recent years. The worry is that many of the city’s new tower blocks are well out of reach of conventional firefighting. These buildings rely on advanced sprinkler systems and other fire retardants which are not always successful.