At least 16 people died and nine others were injured in a fire that broke out overnight in a residential building in a popular district of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The local media made it known, adding that the fire broke out yesterday around noon on the fourth floor of a building in Al-Ras, an old part of the city where many foreign workers live.
The note of the civil defense
“From the preliminary investigations it emerges that the fire was caused by failure to comply with the safety and protection requirements of the building”, reads a statement from the Civil Protection. “The competent authorities are carrying out a thorough investigation in order to provide a report on the causes of the accident”.
The nationality of the victims was not made known. Dubai matters about 3.3 million inhabitants, of which almost 90% are foreigners.
In the past, large fires have raged in the city, causing extensive damage but few casualties. In 2017, the authorities announced the adoption of stricter building codes to minimize fire risks, mainly attributed to highly flammable materials used for the external cladding of buildings.