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Dubai Marina blaze put out, no injuries reported

The blaze at Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina was extinguished three hours after it broke out, the Dubai Media Office reported

Around 50 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.
Around 50 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.

Firefighters worked for several hours to put out a fire at a 75-storey residential tower in Dubai on Wednesday afternoon. 

The blaze, which was the fifth to break out in a UAE skyscraper in recent years, was extinguished three hours after it broke out, the Dubai Media Office reported.

No injuries were reported following the blaze at the Sulafa Tower in the Dubai Marina district.

Flames had leapt out of windows towards the top of the building - charring 10 to 15 storeys, Reuters witnesses said.

In comments made to news agecny WAM, Major General Rashid Thani Rashid Al Matroushi, Director-General of Dubai Civil Defence, said around 50 firefighters from five stations and rescuers from Dubai Police worked to bring the fire under control.

He added that the fire, which reportedly broke out on the 60th floor, spread to the eight floors above due to the wind.

Following the other fires in the UAE, experts claimed that the flames may have spread due to flammable exterior cladding used for decoration or insulation.

The UAE revised its building safety code in 2013, with the requirement that cladding on all new buildings over 15metres (50ft) be fire-resistant - with older buildings being exempt, Reuters added.

 

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