Dubai award winning building up in flames

A fire broke out in a construction site, Jumeirah Village Circle
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06/08/2016
Photo by Ruel Pableo/ITP Images

A fire broke out in the architectural award winning Viceroy Tower in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

No injuries were reported, but eyewitnesses said construction workers were evacuated by the Dubai Civil Defence through shafts.

The tower was also awarded the ‘Tall Buildings’ prize at this year’s Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects Awards ceremony in Cannes, France.

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A tweet by the Dubai Media Office said: “Fire broke out at a building under construction in Jumeirah Village Circle. No injuries reported as @DCDDubai crews are extinguishing the blaze.”

The tower comprises 254 serviced apartments with their own private sky garden, 247 hotel guest rooms, 221 one-and two-bedroom apartments and 33 four-bedroom apartments with private pools.

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