UAE high-rise building catches fire, no injuries reported

UAE high-rise building catches fire, no injuries reported

A massive fire engulfed a high-rise residential building in Ajman, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, in the early hours of Tuesday. 

Videos circulating online showed flames leaping from the ground level to the top of the building, with debris falling to the street below. However, no injuries have been reported so far.

According to Ajman News, the fire was brought under control after a few hours.

Despite the UAE officials’ silence on the incident, the country has witnessed several similar fires in the past few years that have been attributed to flammable cladding on many high-rise buildings. In 2015, a fire broke out in an upscale hotel and residential complex near the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper, on New Year’s Eve. 

Although the fire only injured 15 people and resulted in a successful evacuation, the authorities blamed exposed wiring for the blaze.

After the incident, the UAE government passed new regulations requiring all such cladding to be replaced with flame-resistant material.