Dubai fire investigation ‘nears completion’

Government entities coordinating in probe into cause of blaze – report

PHOTO: The hotel lobby after the blaze. Credit: Dubai Media Office

Officials in the UAE are ‘nearing the end’ of an investigation into the cause of the major fire at The Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai, according to media reports.

Dubai Police, Civil Defence and municipal officials are coordinating as part of the probe into the New Year’s Eve blaze, Gulf News reported.

The investigation is expected to be finished within a week, an official told the newspaper.

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A major blaze swept through the 63-storey building late on December 31, causing considerable damage but no loss of life, according to authorities.

Developer Emaar Properties has appointed contractor DUTCO Group to undertake the clearing, assessment and restoration work.

Restoration work will be carried out “in record time”, the UAE state news agency reported.

“DUTCO Group has a proven track record in mega-developments having earlier been assigned the task of building The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall, by Emaar. The company is also currently undertaking the expansion work of The Dubai Mall,” WAM reported.

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