Here we go again: fire erupts in the same Dubai skyscraper for the second time since 2015

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Aug 4, 2017

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Here we go again. Once more a Middle East skyscraper has erupted into flames. The BBC reports that, for the second time in a little more than two years, the Torch Towers in Dubai caught fire. According to Dubai Civil Defence, there were no casualties and 475 people were safely evacuated from the 86-story hi-rise.  

Since early 2015, NFPA has reported on several fires in Middle East hi-rise buildings and provided input to media outlets looking for code information and best practices.  


Each of these fires remind us of the importance of codes, standards, safety guidelines and enforcement.  NFPA is working with authorities in the Middle East to ensure optimal safety in the Persian Gulf, and earlier this year formed a Middle East Advisory Committee to reduce loss of life and property.