Cooling operation starts after Dubai construction site fire

Dubai Civil Defence reportedly confirmed no injuries were caused due to the blaze that started around 11:11pm on 27 May

A construction site caught fire on 27 May [representational image].
A construction site caught fire on 27 May [representational image].

No injuries were caused by the fire that broke out at a construction site in the city on 27 May, Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) reportedly confirmed.

DCD’s operation room received information about the blaze around 11:11pm, with fire brigades started the cooling operation at 1am after extinguishing the fire, local daily Khaleej Times reported.

Separately, a tanker fire on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road was also put out without injuries, the report added.

The UAE is consistently making significant strides in fire and life safety.

The updated UAE Fire and Life Safety Code, launched by DCD at the Intersec Fire Safety Conference 2017, was prepared based on international references and feedback from consultants, contractors, and local property developers.

The legislative update is part of wider action by the country to ensure façades are adequately fireproofed to prevent accidents and promote security.

The head of fire and life safety at Dubai-based construction consultancy AESG, Peter Van Gorp, told Construction Week in March 2019 that “civil defence authorities in the UAE have done an excellent job of promoting the revised code”, adding it was the responsibility of developers to work with “competent fire engineers” from the outset of a project.

Praise for the UAE’s more stringent fire safety rules has also come from outside the GCC.

In 2018, a senior official from the New York Police Department praised the UAE for its efforts in improving its fire safety standards.

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