Dubai Marina tower catches fire

The building has been described as a new residential tower



A building in Dubai Marina was heavily damaged on Sunday when it was enveloped by a fire.

Videos of the scene showed smoke and flames cover the structure on multiple sides.

Dubai Media Office later said in a statement that the city’s civil defence service was working to put out the fire at Zen Tower.

It added that the building was evacuated safely and there were no reports of injuries.

Twitter user @alexandramaia_ posted a video of the blaze showing smoke visible from some distance away.

Later images posted by Dubai Media Office, showed the extent of the damage caused to the building after the blaze was mainly extinguished at 12:20pm local time.

“Dubai Civil Defence teams control the fire in a Zen tower in the marina area despite the current wind and dust,” the media office said. “No injuries were recorded as a result of the incident and the competent teams evacuated all residents of the tower.”

Residents were reportedly being handed water by authorities on a particularly hot day due to the prevalence of blowing sand and dust.

Read: Video: Sandstorms hit the UAE

Civil Defence director Rashid Thani al-Matrushi said the fire service responded within six minutes of the blaze being reported and were able to control it within 45 minutes.

Here he is in an interview posted by Dubai Media Office.

The Civil Defence has a goal of reducing fire response times to as little as 30 seconds.

Read: Dubai fire service aims for 30-second response to emergencies

Another fire in the vicinity was reported last month at a building in Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT).

Read: Fire breaks out at tower in Dubai’s JLT

JLT and Dubai Marina have experienced a number of building fires in recent years.

In 2012, a cigarette was blamed for a major blaze at Tamweel Tower in JLT. Residents were prevented from moving back into the property for years due to delays to refurbishment work and new fire safety regulation.

Read: Cigarette Caused Tamweel Tower Dubai Fire

Across Sheikh Zayed Road, the Torch Tower on the edge of Dubai Marina caught fire twice in two years with the last blaze reported in August 2017.

That blaze was also blamed on a recklessly thrown cigarette.

Read: Dubai police reveal cause for Torch Tower fire

Authorities in Dubai told building owners last year to make facades more resistant to flames after flammable external cladding was blamed for allowing a number of high-rise blazes to spread more quickly.

Read: Dubai begins replacing skyscraper facades after series of fires