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Dubai Tower Burns a 2nd Time, and Flammable Cladding Is Again Under Scrutiny – New York Times

After the 2015 Torch Tower fire, the authorities announced added restrictions on exterior paneling on new construction, and forbade it on towers taller than nine stories. But the new rules did not immediately apply to older buildings.

The authorities have previously acknowledged that at least 30,000 buildings across the United Arab Emirates were built with siding that could potentially cause a fire to spread rapidly, according to news reports.

Friday’s fire erupted soon after midnight at the 1,100-foot skyscraper, in the northern end of the densely populated Marina district, where some residents were returning home from nights out and others were in bed.

Fire alarms sounded, building staff members pounded on residents’ doors to evacuate them from the building’s hundreds of apartments and firefighters from four stations were deployed, the Dubai Media Office, an official agency, said on Twitter.

“You never think it’s going to happen to you,” Alireza Aletomeh, a resident of the tower, told The Associated Press, adding that her residence contained cash furniture, paintings — “many things that are very valuable to me.”

Mr. Aletomeh, a sales manager who lives on the 54th floor of Torch Tower, he had been returning home when security guards told him to stay in the street because of the fire.

His roommate, who was home at the time, collected their passports and left the apartment — but it took him two hours to come get out of the building because the stairwell was crowded with other residents, Aletomeh said.

As the fire spread to up to 50 of the Torch Tower’s 79 aboveground floors, residents of nearby buildings posted pictures of the blaze on social media.

About 60 of the building’s floors were damaged in the 2015 fire, and investigators concluded that the exterior cladding, made of aluminum panels with combustible plastic cores, had accelerated the flames.

Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and the city has seen dizzying growth in recent decades as it has transformed from a desert backwater to a sprawling business and transportation hub.

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A fire broke out early Friday at the Torch Tower, an 86-story residential building in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

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Karim Sahib/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On Friday, firefighters had the blaze under control by 3:30 a.m., according to the Dubai Civil Defense. And by daybreak the government said the fire had been quenched in “record time.

Later in the day, as the streets around the tower were reopened to traffic, the Dubai Media Office posted a picture of one resident reuniting with his cat, which had been rescued from the blaze.


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Dubai Tower Burns a 2nd Time, and Flammable Cladding Is Again Under Scrutiny – New York Times

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