Third Dubai fire in days forces evacuation of hotel

 07 Aug 2017 - 16:01

Third Dubai fire in days forces evacuation of hotel
Evacuated guests return to the Movenpick hotel after a small fire broke out, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Sylvia Westall


DUBAI: A small fire broke out a Dubai hotel on Monday, forcing guests and staff to leave, in the third such blaze in the United Arab Emirates tourism and trade hub in less than a week.

Several fire engines and an ambulance were deployed at the Movenpick hotel near the Marina district as scores of people gathered outside.

A video of the hotel posted on social media showed thin clouds of smoke wafting around a lower floor.

The hotel said on its official Twitter account that the fire was "swiftly brought under control and guests and staff were
safely evacuated."

Civil defence workers gave the all-clear for people to return inside and there were no reports of injuries.

A blaze shot up the side of a nearby residential tower on Friday, and local media reported that a smaller fire was quickly
put out at a neighbouring building on Sunday. No injuries were reported in either of those fires.

The series of fires in tall buildings in the UAE has revived questions about the safety of cladding materials used in the
Gulf region and beyond.

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