13 injured as fire hits Abu Dhabi tower under construction

  • Fire broke out in a 28-storey building which is under construction in Abu Dhabi last Tuesday, injuring 13 people
  • A joint team, consisting of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense and Quick Intervention Unit, contained the fire and avoid it from spilling over to nearby residential buildings
  • United Arab Emirates’ official news agency WAM said that ten among the thirteen injured were from civil defense and other emergency personnel

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Fire broke out in a 28-storey building which is under construction in Abu Dhabi last Tuesday, injuring 13 people.

Andrew Torchia mentioned in his article for Reuters that the fire started at the top 20 floors of the almost-completed commercial building in the UAE’s capital. Firefighters, overseen by helicopters, were working to put the blaze out two hours after it started, witnesses said.

A joint team, consisting of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense and Quick Intervention Unit, contained the fire and avoided it from spilling over to nearby residential buildings.

Witnesses said that civil defense personnel helped construction workers in the building, as well as guests and staff at an adjacent luxury hotel, to evacuate safely, with no serious injuries

According to a statement carried by United Arab Emirates’ official news agency WAM, ten among the thirteen injured were from civil defense and other emergency personnel.

The WAM also said that the head of Abu Dhabi’s civil defense department confirmed that investigations to determine the cause of the fire are still in progress.

Lt. Colonel Mohamed Al Ansari, the Director-General of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, revealed that the operations room received a fire report at 10:50am and immediately dispatched fire engines to the scene of the incident.

“Occupants of the neighboring building were evacuated and taken to a temporary shelter provided by the Emirates Red Crescent,” he added.