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Torch Tower residents return to a surprise from authorities

Civil authorities help residents cope with the incident following second fire in 30 months

An officer fixes the welcome note on a door at the Torch Tower. [Image: Dubai Civil Defence Twitter]
An officer fixes the welcome note on a door at the Torch Tower. [Image: Dubai Civil Defence Twitter]

The Dubai Civil Defence Authority welcomed residents of the Torch Tower with notes on their doors.

Dubai firefighters affixed the note on resident's apartment doors on Monday, following a fire break-out that saw the residents of the Torch Tower displaced on 4 August.

The building was hit by a fire for the second time in 30 months, with no injuries reported according to the DCD.

Sixty-five firefighters were said to have participated in the fire operation and were able to evacuate the tower completely at high speed.

The note said in Arabic and English: “We are pleased that you have safely returned”.

The team checked the damages in the flats and met residents who briefly told them about their losses, Gulf News reported.

“It is a human gesture by Dubai to the residents. It is part of our job to spread happiness among residents in Dubai after our role in controlling the Torch Tower fire,” Lt Col Al Mutawa was quoted saying.

Dubai Police teams also showed their solidarity and visited the Torch Tower to show their support for residents.

The cause of the fire has yet to be released.

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