Fire in building in Bur Dubai; 2 other incidents

Three separate incidents of fires reported across Dubai (Pic by Diba Habib)

Three separate cases of fire were reported across Dubai yesterday, with the Civil Defence stating one of the incidents wasn’t a fire at all, but an electrical fault.

On Sunday afternoon, eyewitnesses reported firefighters arrived at the 77-storey Marina Pinnacle tower at Dubai Marina, with several residents evacuated from the building.

At the time, Jack Samuel Ward tweeted: “Fire at Marina Pinnacle, Dubai Marina. Looks to be under control, but there are some roads closed in the surrounding area.”

Geet Kandya added: “Police and ambulances lined up outside Marina Pinnacle tower in Dubai Marina. Evacuation on. News of electrical fire. Nothing to panic though.”

Calvin Lee Campbell tweeted: “Fire on the 27th floor … Blaze is under control.”

The residential building is located across from The Torch tower, which was badly damaged in a blaze in February of this year.

However, when queried by 'Emirates24|7', the Civil Defence denied it was another blaze that had erupted in a Dubai Marina tower.

A spokesperson said: “It was an electrical fault that was taken care of. There was no fire.”

Later that afternoon, a silver-coloured Lamborghini was also reported to have caught fire on Al Garhoud Bridge; a second such incident reported since last week.

Last week, a video posted on Liveleak showed a Dh1.43 million Lamborghini Aventador going up in flames in Dubai.

The video saw a man using a fire extinguisher to put out the fire engulfing the yellow coloured supercar; the footage later shows that a Civil Defence team on the scene extinguishing the blaze.

The video, according to the uploader, was filmed by a Russian tourist on his mobile phone and posted on his Instagram page.

The reason for the fire is not known.

Meanwhile, around 10pm a third fire was reported by residents of Bur Dubai, close to the busy retail and residential neighbourhood of Meena Bazaar.

An eyewitness to the scene said: “The fire broke out in a building opposite to Karachi Inn restaurant, but was put out by a fire extinguisher before the Civil Defence arrived on the scene.”

Bharti Asher, spoke to 'Emirates24|7': “I had just left the temple and was walking home when I saw the crowds on the street, near Royal Bakery. It was only when I heard the fire engines that I realised a fire had broken out in one of the buildings. This was around 10pm at night.”

A statement from Civil Defence is still awaited.

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