FIRE DRAMA IN DUBAI MARINA
Residents are evacuated as fire rages
Residents had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina yesterday afternoon.
It took Dubai Civil Defence authorities three hours to bring the blaze under control. Officers said that the fire broke out on the 60th floor with 11-12 apartments being directly affected by the blaze.
Surrounding roads were blocked as Civil Defence forces dealt with the incident.
No casualties were reported at the time of going to press.
One resident described the scene within the tower as residents were evacuated.
“The fire alarm siren went off with a recording of a lady talking in Arabic and English telling us to ‘please leave the building, there’s a fire’,” she said.
“I didn’t leave immediately because I thought it could be a false alarm. I grabbed my wallet, passport and dog and came down the stairs.
“I saw the fire crew walking up the stairs and I could smell smoke. It was not a good experience at all.” She added: “All my common sense went. “The scariest thing is you can hear babies and children crying and people screaming.”
Residents were camped on the street as Civil Defence fought to extinguish the flames.
“I have just come back from London. What’s going on?” asked resident Danny Pherwani, who lives on the 53rd floor. “I’ve never seen so many fire engines in my life.”
Another resident read about the fire on the internet and sped home as he had pets trapped inside.
“I saw on the internet that there was a fire so I ran here. My dogs are stuck inside,” he said.
Nearby hotel The Westin offered residents the use of their ballroom for refreshments, away from the heat outside, while they anxiously waited for news of the fire.
“To anyone affected by the #Sulafa tower fire, we are opening up The Westin ballroom should you need temporary shelter and refreshments,” they tweeted.
The cause of the fire, the latest in a number of high-rise blazes, including The Address on New Year’s Eve, is being investigated.
FIRE: The blaze at the Sulafa Tower broke out on the 60th floor yesterday afternoon
STRANDED: Residents wait in the street