Fire erupts in Dubai high-rise

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Dec 31, 2015

6a01bb0859dfa7970d01b7c800d91b970b-400wi.pngA massive high-rise fire broke out today at The Address Hotel in Dubai, a five-star property near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. Right before midnight, as tens of thousands of spectators awaited New Year's Eve fireworks on the streets surrounding the hotel, large explosions erupted inside the burning building.


Fire engulfed at least twenty stories of the 63-story luxury hotel. Plastic was reportedly melting off the exterior of the hotel and raining down from the building as first responders rushed to the scene. Dubai's Media Office wrote on its official Twitter account that the fire appears to have originated on a 20th floor terrace, and that the cause of the blasts is unknown.

National Fire Protection Association(NFPA) provides safety information for high-rise buildings. Download this Fire Protection Research Foundation report for more details on Fire Hazards of Exterior Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components.