Firefighting, Fireground Management

Zero Casualties: Dubai First Responders Praised

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—In a potentially catastrophic situation, every victim survived thanks to a swift and well-executed response by local firefighters and authorities. Many eyewitnesses were impressed with how decisively the first responders took hold the of the situation.

“I was really surprised they got it under control pretty quickly,” Torch resident RJ Morlock of Houston, Texas told the AP. “It looked like it was going to go up.”

Residents were anxious as they were evacuated, but the fire brigades handled the situation well, Mr. Morlock said.

Mehdi Ansari, another resident, told NBC News that flames covered 10 to 15 stories of the 1,100-foot tower, but that the escape from the burning building was calm and orderly.

“The firefighters did well. They were pretty quick, they organized people, got them out, gave them water and found others,” he said.

On Twitter, the hashtag #TorchTower has been used to report developments and praise the efforts of fire crews.

A local reporter dubbed the Dubai Civil Defense, police department, and ambulance service “heroes” for their work.

One user applauded them for preventing any casualties, while another snapped a photo of one fire warden in action.

For more details and updates, see http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2015/0221/Dubai-Torch-tower-fire-Why-no-one-died