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A burning issue

A burning issue

With Tuesday's fire in Dubai claiming more than 10 lives, is it time to question who's at fault?


August 28, 2008 11:39 by

Dubai’s fire woes seem to continue. A fire in the Naif area in Dubai on Tuesday, claimed eleven lives and left several injured. The fire reportedly broke out in a townhouse occupied by bachelors.

Reports of fires in Dubai have become quite common; in fact the theme for this year’s Young Lions Advertising Awards in Dubai was fire prevention.

Just yesterday, the fire alarm in our building (it has an annoying voice constantly repeating “this is a fire alarm”) began to ring out loud in the early evening. No-one moved. It soon stopped, but again started a few minutes later. Again no-one moved. The third time it rang, people wandered to the window, searching for any signs of the flames. After finding nothing, it was back to work. After the sixth time, we all packed up and finally got up to leave, only to be greeted by two people from downstairs, who had absolutely no clue about any fire in the building.

With people already immunized against fire alarms, false alarms will only worsen the situation. What do you think is the solution? Who is to blame?


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  1. Reuven P on August 31, 2008 10:09 am

    I can identify with that. I live in International City and have had the fire alarm go off at 3 and 4 in the morning. I once went downstairs to check because the alarm kept going off and found noone there…not even security! Its all very well to have state-of-the-art fire detection systems in place but in the absence of an evacuation plan and a complete lack of awareness, we’re just waiting for tragedies to happen.


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