Lucky escape

No injuries in Dubai building collapse as workers sprint to safety

Eleven construction workers narrowly escaped death yesterday when the facade of a six-storey building nearing completion in Dubai collapsed.

Noticing signs of imminent danger the workers managed to flee the building, which is located near the Ramada Hotel across the street from the Dubai Police H.Q.

The engineer in charge of the site confirmed all 21 workers, including those who managed to escape, were not injured. An immediate search operation using police sniffer dogs confirmed there were no victims under the debris.

The Acting Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, said Hazaa Contracting and Bait Al Emarat Engineering Consultants, the building's developers, will be investigated in coordination with Dubai Municipality, Khaleej Times reported.

Gulf News added that one person had been taken into custody.

Meanwhile, Ishraq Hibib, 17, was at home at Yasmeen Building about 100m from the building when the incident happened.

"We felt tremors and looked outside and saw something like smoke," he told Khaleej Times.

"There are fire trucks and rescue vans and police everywhere. I can see at least four or five cars under the rubble. I can't see anyone hurt."

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