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Police reveal cause of Dubai Torch Tower fire

The cause of the fire that engulfed the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina on 4 August has been revealed, according to reports

The fire was reported in the early hours of the morning, 4 August, 2017.
The fire was reported in the early hours of the morning, 4 August, 2017.

The cause of the fire that engulfed the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina on 4 August has been revealed, according to reports.

After an extensive investigation, Dubai Police said that the cause of fire could have been due to cigarette butts being thrown into a potted plant, which began to smoulder until it caught fire, Gulf News reported.

As part of the investigation, police carried out experiments to determine the plausibility of whether a fire could start from throwing a cigarette butt in a pot and found that it could.

READ: Fire hits Dubai’s Torch Tower for second time in 30 months

Colonel Rashid Khalifa Bu Flasa, director of Fire and Rescue Department, while commenting on the side lines of a conference, said: “After investigations, we find that mostly wrong practices, lack of knowledge, and certain habits within the community are the cause of fires. This is the reason why we always carry out awareness campaigns.”

According to the report, Dubai Civil Defence revealed that electrical faults and cigarette butts have been the leading causes of fires in Dubai since 2015.

Video: Aftermath of Torch Tower fire in Dubai

The Torch Tower was hit by its second fire in 30 months this year, forcing 475 people to evacuate in the early hours of Friday morning, 4 August, 2017.

The 87-storey structure suffered from its first fire in February 2015. At a height of 337m, The Torch became the tallest residential building in the world upon completion in 2011, a title now held by 432 Park Avenue, a 425.5m supertall in Manhattan, New York.

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