A 12-story residential structure in Dubai’s Barsha Heights named Al-Meer Tower caught fire on Wednesday night, forcing dozens of panicked families to leave the blazing neighborhood.
Firefighters allegedly put out the fire in approximately 20 minutes, although it left significant damage in some areas of the building. There were no casualties reportedly reported.
According to residents of Al-Meer Tower, the fire started just before 9:00 p.m. Dubai time, and as the alert spread, it caused dread and panic among the local families.
According to Dubai Civil Defense, a warning regarding the fire was received at 8:58 p.m. Within four minutes, the Barsha Brigade’s fire departments and rescue squads arrived.
Al-Marina Brigade troops and vehicles in additional numbers were requested to offer help and backup. Police in Dubai blocked off the area and rerouted traffic.
Initial on-site investigations point to the seventh story as the origin of the flames, which authorities have classified as a “medium fire.”
The field officer in charge of the operation confirmed that the cooling process started at 10:42 p.m. and that the fire was put out in 21 minutes.
The officer stated that there were no reported fatalities or injuries and added that the site had been turned over to the appropriate authorities for additional fire cause investigations.
Jenelle, a Filipino-born inhabitant of the building, revealed to Arab News that she shares a sixth-floor flat with four other family members.
We quickly packed our belongings and descended when the alarm went off, she claimed. She said that several of her neighbors were fleeing down the stairs, and some of them were crying and in fear.
Elena, a resident of the seventh floor and a Romanian national, claimed that she jumped out of bed while still in it to put out the fire after learning about it from her roommate.
“When I went out to the balcony, I told her the fire was in our building as she was seeing a reflection on the opposite building’s glass front,” she said. As they left their apartment, their next-door neighbor was shouting “fire,” she added.
A Russian resident claimed that as she fled the building and made her way across the street to safety, she could see rubble falling to the street.
A Syrian resident, Tarek, said he was asleep when the fire started. “When I escaped from my flat, rescuers were escorting us to safe zones,” he added.