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Residents return to tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah after 2016 fire

Residents return to tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah after 2016 fire

The Adriatic tower was left uninhabitable after the blaze due to damage to its electrical system

Owners of residential units in the Adriatic building on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah have been cleared to return to the property after it was damaged in a fire nearly two years ago.

The blaze, which occurred at around 11:40pm on December 12, 2016, resulted in no injuries but left the building uninhabitable after water damaged the main electrical system.

Read: No injuries after fire breaks out at Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah building

Dubai Civil Defence said the blaze started in the penthouse and spread down the side of the 15-storey building, one of seven towers in the 644-unit Oceana complex

Building management firm Asteco said restoration work began in April 2017 following police and fire investigations and confirmation from insurers

The work, conducted by Young Engineering Consultancy Services, took 16 months but the insurance policy covered some loss of rent and the cost alternative accommodation, furniture storage and other service charges during the period, according to the firm.

The Oceana Owners Association Board also opted to replace the external cladding of the building to prevent similar incidents.

Work is also now underway to replace the cladding on the six other towers in the Oceana complex.

“While the incident that took place in December 2016 was very unfortunate, we were able to manage the fire effectively with support from DCD, and from the contractors during the subsequent restoration works,” said Asteco managing director John Stevens.

Several recent blazes in Dubai have been linked to flammable external cladding materials used prior to the introduction of tighter rules.

Authorities told building owners last year to make facades more resistant to flames.

Read: Dubai begins replacing skyscraper facades after series of fires

At least two other blazes have been seen at high-rise towers in areas near the Palm Jumeirah over the last year, including a major fire that left Dubai Marina’s Zen Tower badly damaged in May.

Read: Dubai Zen Tower fire started at a ground floor business

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