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Fire at Aldar-Arabtec Kazakhstan construction site

Authorities say a heater most likely started the fire between the under-construction Abu Dhabi Plaza's 11th and 25th floors in Astana

A fire reportedly broke out at Astana's under-construction Abu Dhabi Plaza. [Representational image]
A fire reportedly broke out at Astana's under-construction Abu Dhabi Plaza. [Representational image]

A fire reportedly broke out on Saturday, 13 February, at a construction site where the UAE's Aldar and Arabtec are involved. 

Both Emirati companies are building the Abu Dhabi Plaza, which in 2014 was estimated to cost $1.6bn (AED5.87bn), in Kazakh capital Astana. 

Kazakhstan's interior ministry said the fire started early in the morning and took six hours to put out. 

According to Arabian Business, pictures on the ministry's website show flames "leaping up from several different floors of the skeleton girder structure of the building that has been built so far". 

The Kazakh statement said floors 11 to 25 were on fire when firefighters arrived, adding a heater was "the most likely cause of the fire". 

No injuries were reported from the incident, with 150 workers having evacuated the construction site. 

Abu Dhabi Plaza is due for completion at the end of this year, and will include a hotel, and residential, retail, and commercial spaces. 

 

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