UAE fire: Huge blaze hits Aj­man res­i­den­tial tower

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ARe­ports in the UAE say there were no ca­su­al­ties, and that ev­ery­one was evac­u­ated from the tower in al-Sawan.

large fi re has hit a res­i­den­tial tower in the United Arab Emi­rates, police say, in the third such in­ci­dent in a lit­tle more than a year. The fire struck the tower in the emi­rate of Aj­man, north of Dubai, the re­gion’s Police said on Twit­ter. Re­ports in the UAE say there were no ca­su­al­ties, and that ev­ery­one was evac­u­ated from the tower in alSawan. On New Year’s Eve, a large fire en­gulfed the lux­ury 63-storey Ad­dress Ho­tel in cen­tral Dubai.

The lat­est fire struck late in the Aj­man One com­plex, a devel­op­ment of 12 tow­ers with some 3000 apart­ments. Videos posted by Aj­man Police on Twit­ter show flames en­gulf­ing most of one side of the tower, reach­ing sev­eral storeys high. An ear­lier video shows a large amount of burn­ing de­bris fall­ing to the ground. The UAE Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, vis­ited the scene. The US$$735mil­lion (F$1.54bil­lion) project had been due to open in 2009, but was com­pleted years later. In the New Year’s Eve ho­tel blaze, which burned for more than 20 hours, Police say 16 peo­ple were in­jured. Planned fire­works at the nearby Burj Khal­ifa went ahead de­spite the fire break­ing out shortly be­fore.

Police said cladding used on the out­side of the build­ing did not meet safety stan­dards.

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