18 January, 2007

Dubai skyscraper fire update

At least one person is feared dead after being seen falling off a burning skyscraper, under construction at Dubai's Jumeirah Lake Towers, according to Gulf News.



The fire has made international headlines and there are fears of more fatalities:

Several dozen workers could be seen on the upper, unfinished floors of the building, trapped by the flames, some waving what appeared to be towels and holding onto the scaffolding. A helicopter has been unable to land on the roof to rescue the men.

UPDATE: Khaleej Times coverage here.

17 comments:

MD said...

Oh God...

I was having lunch at SZR and I heard so many ambulances pass. More attention to the sprouting buildings now.

Anonymous said...

links and pix , anyone...
No one in the media city has a camera?

poo said...

Anyone know the name of the building, the contractor ?

For some reason GN and others fail to mention the name of the building...

BD said...

It is Saba Tower 2 of Saba Twin Towers in the JLT development.

BD said...

The developer is Saba Real Estate of Saba Group. Their website is www.saba-re.com.

Ash said...

I don't want to give out any numbers but it ain't pretty :( We've all been on standby and there aren't enough resuscitation rooms at the Trauma Center to house the victims. They're being brought to Dubai Hospital now; although, I haven't had a patient in almost an hour. I hope it's ended.

secretdubai said...

One thing seems clear - they're not going to be able to do their usual knock-a-zero-off-the-death-toll, given it hit the international media so quickly.

Reuters is claiming "at least four dead" and 39 injured - bear in mind the wires are usually under pressure to err on the conservative side until full facts are officially confirmed. More here.

Those poor men.

John B. Chilton said...

Saw film of the story on Al Jazeera English at about 6:30 this evening.

I came here hoping for more details. These are the kinds of stories the web can sometimes cover better than the mainstream media.

anonymous lurker said...

today a building caught fire. yesterday a parking garage collapsed.

all very positive news for The Dubai Miracle.

Kiwi Boy said...

I have a hunch it was a short-circuit that caused this.

Anonymous said...

This should mean one thing, STOP THE PRESSURE AND SLOW DOWN DUBAI!!! We really dont want to reach the moon no time soon..

BD said...

Regarding the Saba tower details I posted above, I was mistaken. It was in fact the Fortune tower. My info was from Skyscrapercity.com where due to the similar appearance of the two buildings, someone else had also got it wrong.

CG said...

And today there were ambulances/police cars and a huge crowd of labourers etc on the new flyover being built between Festival City and Nad Al Hamar. Wonder what happened.

Anonymous said...

Actually anonymous this doesnt say anything.

Fire can happen anywhere anytime.

BD said...

It could have been a LOT, LOT worse--Brazil Construction Fire.

John B. Chilton said...

Gulf News has down a decent job of utilizing citizen photographers here: http://archive.gulfnews.com/nation/General/10097714.html

The msm is learning.

Anonymous said...

looks like an accident, probably caused by lightening...

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