FIRE DRAMA IN DUBAI MA­RINA

Res­i­dents are evac­u­ated as fire rages

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem and Ali Al Shouk @7DAYSUAE news@7days.ae

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

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