Dubai hotels come to the rescue of fire victims

Dubai hotels have come to the rescue of residents left temporarily homeless after a fire ripped through a residential tower in Dubai Marina last week.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina opened its doors to people seeking overnight refuge following the fire at Sulafa Tower, Gulf News reported.

In addition, around 100-130 people were provided with food, beverages and basic necessities until they could make alternative living accommodation.

A number of affected residents have also been accommodated at the Tamani and Gloria hotels, it was reported.

Wyndham Dubai Marina has also offered accommodation.

A hotel spokesperson was quoted as saying: “Many people left today to make arrangements with family and friends. Over the weekend, our doors will continue to be open and we will provide temporarily shelter to those who still need to find an alternative accommodation.

“During their stay, they will continue to be provided with roll-away beds and other facilities.”

Many residents returned to the building on Thursday and Friday after Dubai Civil Defence confirmed the tower was safe following inspection.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze that broke out at the 75-storey residential tower last Wednesday.

The fire is believed to have started on the 60th floor of the residential skyscraper in the upscale Marina district and spread eight floors above due to the wind.

Burning debris floated toward the ground and firefighters approached the site with sirens blaring.

Sulafa Tower is located across the road from The Marina Torch where a catastrophic fire broke out in February last year.

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