31Dec2015- Address Hotel in Dubai Burns

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Huntn, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Do very tall buildings represent very tall fire hazards? I might be mistaken, but it sounds like most people were evacuated if you can believe the reporting. Watching it on MSNBC.

    The city prides itself on its New Years fireworks. I suppose this year it will be difficult to outdo this fire display. :(

    Dubai hotel burns near New Year's Eve fireworks display

  2. firedept, Dec 31, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2015

    firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    Generally not. But fire codes will most likely be very different there than in North America. In most tall structure fires like this they will have fire suppression (sprinklers) and firewalls to minimize the fire to usually a single dwelling in the structure. Doors will have plungers, to make sure that a person leaving an area in panic and forgets to close a door, so that door will automatically close.

    This is why in North America you do not tend to see large fires like this in newer tall structures. I am not surprised it engulfed so much of the building. Or something went terrible wrong with the fire suppression they had in that particular building. You have to consider that these buildings are mostly concrete and steel. Leaving only contents in the room to burn. If doors are closed and sprinklers are working, this kind of fire is generally put out rapidly.

    Sounds like something on the outside of that building was not fireproof as it should have been.
  3. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I got tired of listening to them drone on, but there was speculation that one of the things contributing to the fire was combustable items on rhe balconies. It looked like the outside the building was burning, but maybe not.
  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I don't think modern building could go up like that.

    Disgusting how cable news was literary praying for a terrorism angle.
  5. JamesMike macrumors 603


    Nov 3, 2014
    There are also many apartments in the building, and a friend of mine lived in one about a year ago. He had a barbecue grill on his balcony; maybe it started from an item like that.
  6. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    The early reports blame the facade that was burning. It's basically plastic and fiberglass.
  7. vkd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2012
    Great film, I remember watching it in my junior years. Just checked, released December 1974, so I would've been 8 or 9 years old.

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