By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: A fire broke out on the 26th floor of Regal Tower at Business Bay on Wednesday morning.
The fire started on the balcony of an apartment on the 26th floor of the 32 floor tower on Wednesday morning and spread upwards to the 28th floor, the Dubai Civil Defence said.
Dubai Civil Defence said the fire only burned the façade of the building and that the interior was not affected.
Portions of external claddings of the tower on at least three floors above the 26th floor have been burnt, but the fire was extinguished at 10.25am.
According to people working in the office tower, the fire alarm went off at 9:45am, but people initially took it for a mock drill.
“Lot of drills keep happening here, so initially we didn’t take it seriously, but when somebody came shouting that there is a fire we ran out,” said Adil, who works on the 9th floor of the 32-storey tower, located opposite JW Marquis Hotel.
Most residents escaped unhurt as firemen swept through the building and evacuated those stranded on higher floors. More info