Fire rips through luxury tower under construction in Dubai

Four construction workers were rescued from a tower under construction in downtown Dubai yesterday after it burst into flames, sending a pall of smoke over the city.

Emergency crews were sent to a luxury complex called Address Residences Fountain Views, owned by developer Emaar, just after dawn on 2 April.

The blaze had been brought under control by 7.30am local time, newspaper The National reported.

Police told the newspaper that one man had been trapped on the 16th floor and was suffering from smoke inhalation. Three others were on the sixth floor of the building.

Lt Col Ahmed Burqibah said the three men on the lower floor were instructed to take the stairs to the 34th floor, where police and fire-fighters guided them down through a safe route.

One man had been trapped on the 16th floor and was suffering from smoke inhalation, police said (Dubai Media Office/Twitter)

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

The affected tower is close to The Address Downtown hotel, which was damaged in a blaze on New Year’s Eve last year.

Launched by Emaar in 2013, Address Residences Fountain Views will have three towers containing a total of 786 serviced apartments and penthouses, plus a new Address hotel.

Beirut-headquartered Arabian Construction Company won the contract to build the complex in 2014, according to its website.

Top image: Smoke billows near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa after a fire broke out at Emaar’s Address Residences Fountain Views tower under construction on 2 April 2017 (Mohamad Ali Harissi/AFP/Getty Images)

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