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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #17261
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Flat where Dubai Marina Torch fire started identified

DUBAI // Police have said that the February 21 fire in The Torch residential building in Dubai Marina started in the flat of a British airline cabin crew member.

Dubai Police’s Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri said that the fire started in an apartment on the 51st floor of the building and that the Briton had been questioned as part of routine investigations but not detained.

No criminal activity is suspected. The man was at the apartment with his wife at the time.

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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:26 PM   #17262
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It had to be a Brit why can't it be a German or. French for a change

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...apartment.html
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Old March 5th, 2015, 06:31 PM   #17263
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Old March 5th, 2015, 08:42 PM   #17264
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It would be more helpful if they divulged the cause of the fire. Just saying it was a Brit doesn't really help anyone. I noticed that they didn't reveal the employer either.

Maybe the Police and authorities should focus on why these buildings are so prone to spread of fire and so easily engulfed in flames from such innocuous sources.
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Old March 13th, 2015, 01:07 PM   #17265
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Old March 13th, 2015, 01:07 PM   #17266
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Old March 14th, 2015, 10:19 PM   #17267
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looks like fire,s started in mechanical floors and spread upwards....?

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Old March 16th, 2015, 05:28 PM   #17268
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Are they going to fix it any soon? Any update Guys?
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Old March 18th, 2015, 04:47 AM   #17269
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Look across the road to JLT... They haven't started fixing anything after 2,5 years.




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Old March 18th, 2015, 08:35 PM   #17270
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Old March 19th, 2015, 04:49 PM   #17271
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looks like fire,s started in mechanical floors and spread upwards....?

I was walking towards media city beside the tallest block on Monday and that's exactly what struck me. The scorched and damaged area looks like it starts on the mechanical floor
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Old March 19th, 2015, 08:21 PM   #17272
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More likely it was that British airline cabin crew member on the 51st floor leaving his barbeque coals out on the balcony to burn out late on the Friday night and the very high winds that particular night causing the fire to start on the cladding. A part of the cladding also fell onto another balcony spreading the fire.

I understand that someone in Princess Tower that night saw someone in the Torch having a BBQ that Friday night!

Anyway, we need an update on this ASAP and a statement form the insurance company as to WHEN they will honour what they were paid for and pay up instead of trying to find every excuse under the sun not to!
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Old March 20th, 2015, 01:51 PM   #17273
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Dubai's Torch tower fire cools demand; rents fall by up to 9%
Rentals for one-bed apartments have come down to Dh100,000

Asking rents in The Torch in Dubai Marina have fallen between seven and nine per cent in less than a month after a fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers on February 21, reveals an analysis of listing done by Emirates 24|7.

Currently, rentals for one-bed apartments have come down to Dh100,000 to Dh120,000 per annum (pa) from Dh110,000 to Dh120,000 pa in February. As for two-bed units, rates are now between Dh130,000 and Dh150,000 pa compared to Dh140,000-Dh150,000 pa

Ozan Demir, Data & Research Manager – UAE, Reidin, however, told Emirates 24|7 that after the fire incident they had not observed any significant change on the rental values in the tower.

“The building’s rent price has dropped around 5 per cent since the second half of 2014 in line with location of the building but rentals are on the same levels after fire incident so far. We might see the price change in the following months more clearly.”

Mario Volpi, Managing Director, Ocean View Real Estate, says: “It is possibly too soon to tell but actually prior and post the fire, we have not had any properties in the Torch go on the market at all.

“In terms of enquiries we do not have anyone who has specifically asked for available properties in the Torch. What we do have however, are two separate renters who have expressed a will to leave their rented properties in the Torch in favour of lower rise buildings such as the Greens.”

Asked if the demand from renters for high-rise towers had come down post the fire incident, Demir says though demand for The Torch may go down temporarily but in general high-rises will continue to have demand.

“The fire incident drives people’s attention on safety and security features of the buildings. Sprinkler system was the key element in containing the fire and we believe renters will check this feature before leasing units.”

But Volpi opines that demand for high-rises has definitely dwindled and, in fact, renters have been requesting properties on lower floors (no higher than 10th floor) and buildings that are not high rise.

Over 100 apartments continue to remain inaccessible with the cause of the fire still under investigation.

The fire broke out in the 87-storey tower at 1.49am, with Dubai Civil Defence teams arriving on the scene in nine minutes. There were no casualties

Dubai is home to the world’s top four tallest residential towers: Princess Tower (414 metres) is the tallest residential tower in the world, followed by 23 Marina (395-metres), Elite Residence (381 metres) and The Torch (348 metres).

Another tower, The Pentominium, planned to reach a height of 516 metres, is currently on hold and if completed would take the top rank.

Dubai Marina, 'tallest block in the world', as christened by EC Harris, a global built asset consultancy, houses 14 out of the 20 tallest buildings in the emirate.

The district also houses 310-metre-high Cayan Tower, the world's tallest tower featuring a 90-degree twist and Marina 101 (432 metres), which is set for completion this year with topping out happening by March 2015.

Dubai currently has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide, data reveals.
http://www.emirates247.com/news/emir...03-19-1.584705
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 03:31 PM   #17274
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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:45 PM   #17275
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Old March 25th, 2015, 11:35 PM   #17276
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All,

Who is local and knows what facilities are currently affected at The Torch? Lifts, parking, pool deck...?

Thanks
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Old March 26th, 2015, 07:01 AM   #17277
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OIC is doing a good job, hat off

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Old March 26th, 2015, 10:35 PM   #17278
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A big opportunity to step up to the plate and generate more business. I know of a few OA's that have placed the insurers of Tamweel Tower on a blacklist after the way they have mishandled that claim.
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