Fire breaks out in Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina

Time Out has information and pictures as fire breaks out in Sulafa Tower in Dubai Marina


In brief: A blaze broke out at Dubai Marina’s Sulafa Tower on Wednesday afternoon, leading to the evacuation of hundreds of people.

The fire, which is believed to have begun on the 35th floor of the 75-storey residential skyscraper, caused debris to fall onto some of the balconies below, in turn igniting other fires. After three hours, firefighters were able to put out the flames.

Time Out Dubai was at the scene. You can follow our updates below and scroll through our photo gallery above.

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PHOTO UPDATE 17.35: Scroll through the gallery above to see the latest photos taken by our photographers at the scene of the Sulafa Tower blaze.

Al Marsa St bridge, which runs from the Sheikh Zeid flyover towards Mag218 is absolutely gridlocked. Avoid if possible as there is no right filter towards Barasti Beach Club.

Dubai tram is still under operation and traffic is running from Al Sufouh Road towards Marina Boulevard.

The fire now appears to be under control.

If you're just joining us now, the video below shows how the blaze tore through Sulafa Tower less than an hour ago.

TRAFFIC UPDATE 17.24 Al Sufouh road going towards JBR is still open, Al Sharta Road is blocked.

Al Naseem St going towards The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort is still open, however it’s closed on the opposite side, going towards Dubai Marina.

All roads around The Torch Tower, Café Martinez and Princess Tower have been temporarily closed.

Taxi service Careem is offering free rides for anyone leaving Dubai Marina this evening.

LIVE UPDATE 17.15 “There are hundreds of people at all corners of the road behind the security barricades,” Matt Fortune reports from outside Sulafa Tower.

“The fire is certainly not as fierce as it was 20 minutes ago but it’s still not under control.

“You can see the firemen on the balconies.

“The outside panelling on the side of the building facing the Emirates Golf Course is totally stripped back and black from the fire, from the 17th all the way up to the 40th floor.

UPDATE 16.39 “The top and original point of the blaze is now under control,” reports Time Out’s Matt Fortune, present at the scene.

“But yet another fire has broken out and climbing from the middle part of the building”

UPDATE 16.12 More than 10 fire trucks are now at the scene.

The Instagram photo below shows a trail of fire streaming down, balcony to balcony.

According to Dubai Media Office, there are no casualties reported.

UPDATE 15:37
Smaller fires have started on several balconies on Sulafa Tower's lower floors and the roof of the parking lot is also ablaze.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi is giving refuge to residents who have been evacuated.

Live updates to follow

15.15 The fire is said to have started on Sulafa Tower's 35th floor at 2.48pm on Wednesday.

According to Time Out sources present at the scene, falling debris landed on some of the lower balconies of 75-storey residential building, causing another fire to break out.

Residents have been asked to evacuate the building and all nearby roads around Dubai Marina area have been cordoned off.

Eight fire trucks are currently working on putting out the flames.

Traffic delays are expected over the course of this afternoon and evening.

Another blaze in the very same building in 2012 led to the evacuation of more than 700 apartments.

Sulafa Tower is located across the road from The Marina Torch, where a massive fire also broke out on February 21 2015.

Live updates to follow

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