Police says fire at Dubai's Zen Tower started on ground floor

Forensic officers believe a blaze that ripped through Zen Tower in Dubai Marina started in a ground-floor office kitchen

Zen Tower's fire may have started on the ground floor.
Zen Tower's fire may have started on the ground floor.

A fire that ripped through Zen Tower in Dubai Marina is believed to have started on the ground floor, officials from the Civil Defense have reportedly said.

The inferno that caused significant damage to Zen Tower on 13 May could have started in a kitchen of a business on the ground floor, investigators told Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.

Fire and rescue chief, Brig Rashid Khalifa Buflasa, is reported to have told local media that an unknown flammable substance caught alight and the blaze rapidly spread upwards.

READ: Fire hits Zen Tower in Dubai Marina

The head of fire investigation at Dubai Police's forensics department, told The National that investigators believed the blaze could have been caused by "carelessness".

No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze, according to the Dubai Media Office.

The first five floors of Zen Tower are reported to have suffered the most damage, but the images posted on social media show the flames licking the upper floors of the mid-rise mixed-used building.

Construction Week has reached out to the Civil Defense for comment on the cause of the fire.

Maj. Gen. Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence: No injuries at that incident. The teams showed high levels of professionalism amidst dusty conditions that caused poor visibility. pic.twitter.com/PEJhBOBQ3n

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 13, 2018

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