Flammable cladding responsible for another high-rise fire

By Leith van Onselen

In the wake of June’s Grenfell tower disaster in London, which claimed the lives of around 80 people, another high-rise fire has been reported in Dubai caused by similar combustible cladding. From The Australian:

A blaze is engulfing one of the world’s tallest residential buildings in Dubai, but authorities say the tower has been evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

Flames shot up the sides of the Torch tower in the upscale Marina district in the second blaze at the building since 2015, causing burning debris flying down…

Residents and eyewitnesses have been posting images and photos of the 79-storey skyscraper in fire on social media…

Fires have affected several skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates, including a towering inferno that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve in 2016.

Building and safety experts have cited a popular type of cladding covering the buildings that can be highly flammable.

Last month a Senate Inquiry was told that thousands of apartments in Sydney and Melbourne are potentially at risk from similar flammable cladding.

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  1. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Meh. If people want to live in a flammable building that is their choice. The market will price the demand accordingly. We live in a free market society and decisions should be left to the profit motive.

    • I agree entirely. Non-combustible buildings are far more expensive to build and if policy makers are serious about affordability then we need to offer people the choice of taking their chances in a more flammable, but cheaper alternative.

    • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

      Well may you ask reusa,…am I my Brother’s keeper?
      And the answer is Yes,…we all are,… it’s a kind of foundational requirement for Civilization.
      How far would the Greeks have gotten, if they had accepted collapsible columns for their temples or unseaworthy ships!

      Wake up man!,…your ilk are burning the place (Civilisation) down!

      • casewithscience

        You sound like one of those socialist, tort-lawyers. Isn’t there a protest or sit-in that you should be at?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Well Casey,…I was thinking of going down to bear witness and show some Solidarity with those tent city people at Martin place some time soon.
        Wanna come too?

      • casewithscience


        Sorry, I live in Brisbane where we keep our homeless outside of the Boundary Road.

      • EP, you are the Ying to Reusa’s Yang or should that by yank because its all about self appreciation if you’re a good looking property investor.

      • Hey Case. You are are aware that virtually every Boundary St or Rd was the line where indigenous Australians were forbidden to cross?

    • People don’t want to live in these. These buildings are built for investment purposes, not for living in, especially not by the overseas owners.

    • They are not informed that the buildings will be cladded in the equivalent of napalm on the facade. Back to the good old days of the robber barons and no boundaries, low morality capitalism?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        Yes,…our reusa Wouldn’t have it any other way,…and yet, Inspite of all that he is and represents,..I just can’t help but love the guy.!

        I’m hoping that he is going to have an epiphany and embrace his proletarian side, like his fellow aristocratic comrades FDR, Tony Benn and others.
        Through all his refined graces and inherited nobleness, I sense a comrade.


      • No question! No responsibility, no accountability, no duty of care = low grade future thanks to selfishly shortsighted lowlifes.

      • Yep it’s back to the bad old days like when white phosphorus was used in match stick factories

  2. It is only a matter of time until ISIS morons use something like Airbnb to find buildings with flammable cladding and then set them on fire.

  3. If fitted with sprinklers and fire blocks below windows the fire shouldn’t spread. That said, many many building in Melbourne have this. Even the product they thought was safe isn’t.

    • “if fitted,,,”
      If they are so cheap they are using sub standard flamable cladding, it seems unlikely the developers would have fitted any fire fighting equipment properly. It cuts into the profit margin and doesnt help sell apartments to sexy investors.

  4. We had the mining boom, now the construction boom and soon we will have the repair boom. This and countless other defects will have to repaired at some stage.

  5. Ordinary mum and dad property millionaires with taxable incomes of less than 80k trying to get ahead should be able to claim an immediate 100% impairment for any property built within the past decade. Heads they win, tails you lose.

  6. – Nomen est omen. They couldn’t have picked a better name.
    – And I thought the people in Dubai were so wealthy that they could afford those higher priced cladding. Seems the people in Dubai are as greedy as the people here in Australia. And that comes at the expense of the people who live in those buildings.

  7. I’m amazed there hasn’t been an apartment crash in Oz yet based on this. Who in their right mind would buy apartments in buildings that likely don’t meet fire code?

    Or is it crashing and they’re just hiding it?