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Dubai skyscraper fire: Briton tells of rescuing disabled mother

Angus Viller tell reporters he tied up his mother returned to her to wear on the 15th floor of The Address Downtown Hotel

Angus Viller tell reporters he tied up his mother returned to carry her out of the 15 floor of the address Downtown Hotel

A British man caught in a huge fire described in a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve how he carried his disabled mother from the 15th floor to escape.

Researchers find the cause of the inferno, which 20 of the 63 floors of the five star Address Downtown swallowed up in the city as people gathered to watch define a New Year’s Eve fireworks.

The Dubai government said a person with a heart attack due to the smoke and the rush to have the building. Another person was moderately injured and 16 are said to have sustained minor injuries. The fire, which is becoming smolder on Friday, may have been caused by an electrical fault, according to early reports.

Angus Viller told reporters he gave to wear his mother’s 15th floor amid scenes of panic and confusion. He said he is pouring glasses of champagne in preparation for the fireworks from balcony of the family when his family noticed the fire.

“I have the fire escape to the actual fire alarm started going off, by showing that there are already people walking in the hallways, panic in essence, and I have someone on my back which was in a wheelchair , “he told Sky News. “It was basically absolute pandemonium.”

Viller he said was his mother, a wheelchair user, belt around his back as it was the only one of her out of the building. “This was the classic thing where you would expect people to women and children off first, let but no, there were people pushing each other down the stairs and climbing over each other,” he said.

Almost an hour after the fire started at 9:30 (1730 GMT), began to leave a few bystanders while others pressed against hosts barricades, watching the fire.

Stuart O’Donnell, a British nurse who works in Dubai, said he was worried about the inside of the building as it was to look into first place on the fireworks. “You feel sorry for the people inside … It spread as fast as it started,” he said.

The Dubai government media office said Friday that placing 90% of the fire under control.

Randa, a resident of the area, said: “We have a loud bang and then saw the fire I was afraid the whole hotel would collapse on our heads ..”

Police said the fire on the 20th floor of the building, which also houses and where renting a bedroom can run up to $ 70,000 per year. Footage taken by witnesses and uploaded to the internet has huge flames quickly climb outside the hotel that appears after a balcony or terrace.

It has set four hours before firefighters from the worst of the flames. A large firework is later in world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in front of tens of thousands of people, while bulbs smoke remained burners of nearby fire.

A top security official Dubai Gen Dhahi Khalfan, posted a picture on Twitter of a fire beneath a ledge of the building, said the start of the fire was caught by a police criminal investigation photographer.

“This is where the search start” Khalfan written of the image, which appears to show after a lower part of the building.

Outside the hotel, witnesses described scenes of mass panic as hundreds of people visited Dubai Mall, a large shopping center next door, has fled for fear spread like fire.

A resident, Malcolm Carter, has caught fire and run to the mall to try to find his friends. Within two minutes, he said, has big flame has 40 floors spread. “It has to keep up so quickly. At first I thought it was a kind of New Year show, but it held the distribution. Security guards had no idea what was going on. Some thought it was a scare attack. Others have not even realized there was a fire. “

The fire caused no loss of life and some injuries, but pose difficult questions about the safety of many of Dubai’s tall buildings.

The Emirates known for its glitzy lifestyle and has built approximately 100 skyscrapers over 180 meters high. More are designed and built each year, and many have floor well out of reach of conventional fire fighting equipment, previously used sophisticated sprinkler systems and other fire prevention measures.

Thursday night is not the first time that such buildings have caught fire. Less than a year ago, a fire at the Torch tallest residential building Dubai Tower, sent flames jumped 20 floors, shower fire debris in the streets below. There were no deaths.

In 2012, the 34-storey Tamweel Tower serious damage after a cigarette butt started a fire.

a preliminary inquiry into the New Year’s Eve fire is likely to focus on how the fire spread so quickly and whether it was a result of the use of the building clad materials.

According to industry sources, many of Dubai’s high-rise buildings have been clad in aluminum panels with a thermoplastic core to give them a sleek and modern look.

Safety codes for high buildings were tightened in 2013, but many skyscrapers built previously recorded the additional measures. With many people living in a high rise apartments, the authorities will want reassuring messages to its people that the buildings they live in are safe.

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