Thursday, January 18, 2007

Major fire at construction site

Not a good week for the labourers of Dubai.

Yesterday we had reports of a roof collapse which caused one death and several injuries, on a construction site in Academic City.

This afternoon there was a fire towards the top of a building under construction at Jumeirah Lake Towers. There are reports of one worker falling to his death, others rescued from the roof by helicopter. The Gulf News story has a photo which I'm afraid seems to show the worker falling.

I just went to check and the fire is out. Emergency services, police, fire, ambulances, are there in big numbers and a helicopter is still buzzing about.

The yellow fire trucks and ambulances in big numbers.

You can see from the photo below that the building has a flat roof so I guess that many workers would have gone there to wait for the helicopters.

There are burn marks, from smoke I imagine, on the top three floors on the far right of the photo.

Gulf News' story is at Rescue drama after building fire.

The previous day's bad news is at Worker dies as roof collapses.

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