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Dubai Tower Fire

Source: ENR


Two construction workers were officially confirmed dead and many others injured Jan. 18 after fire raged through upper levels of the 35-floor Fortune Tower, which is nearing completion in one of Dubai’s many new development areas.

The fire appears to have occurred between the 20th and 25th floors of the $46-million concrete-framed building, which had been substantially clad, says a spokesman for locally based developer Fortune Group.

With the extent of injuries and damage still being assessed at press time, an initial report was to be released by the end of January. The spokesman says that, according to Dubai’s chief of police, the cause of the fire was “human error.” But he adds that Fortune Group is “waiting for an official statement with exact details” on the incident from Dubai civil defense officials.

The fire began midday—when about 370 workers were in the building—and was extinguished within 75 minutes. Many workers were employed by the tower’s Malaysia-based main contractor, IJM Corp. Berhad. It was scheduled to complete work in time for the tower to open at year’s end.

High-rise fires are rare or even unprecedented in Dubai, according to Anthony Gordon, a project director with the local office of construction manager Turner International. “I’m not aware of any others,” he says. “Everybody is sensitive about safety and fires on their jobs.”

Fortune Tower, with a revolving roof-top restaurant, is one of 79 structures planned by developer Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority at the 2.75-km x 5.50-km Jumeira Towers site.



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