Dubai Mall cordoned off due to smoke

Investigation continues to find out cause of incident at the second floor of mall

  • Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall
    Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall on Tuesday. This photo was taken with the helImage Credit: Ma Cleofe Maceda/Gulf News
  • Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall
    Authorities confirmed that fire broke out at a section of the Dubai Mall on Tuesday.Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News
  • Smoke billows from an area on the second floor of the Dubai Mall
    Dubai Mall staff clean up after members of the Civil Defence responded to a report of a fire at the mall. Image Credit: Francois Nel/Gulf News

Dubai: A grey haze filled the Dubai Mall’s upper southwestern reaches at midday on Tuesday after smoke is believed to have billowed out of an exhaust fan.

Dubai Civil Defence cordoned off the first and second floors of the section of the mall closest to the outdoor lake at the foot of Burj Khalifa to ensure public safety until the incident was fully contained.

By 12:20pm four large fire trucks, first-responders as well as ambulance officials had arrived at the fountain area.

Authorities couldn’t be reached for comment at press time to confirm whether a fire had broken out or if the smoke was caused by a different source. It’s not known whether there were any injuries.

Gulf News was on the scene where it appeared that the smoke emanated from the second floor near the The Waterfall and The Fountain.

Water was dripping from the ceiling of the basement entrance onto the outdoor sidewalks close to the cinema entrance of the mall nearest The Address hotel in the Old Downtown.

An Emaar spokesperson told Gulf News in a statement that the situation was under control. “An incident was reported in a restaurant at The Dubai Mall which emitted smoke, activating the alarm system.”

Employees of retail stores looked on from their workplaces as security personnel and staff shut down escalators leading to higher floors.

Escalators were taped off to prevent anyone from entering.

One bystander said the “smoke was very thick and it happened very quickly”.

Were you at Dubai Mall when people witnessed smoke near the ice rink? Did you take any pictures or videos? We would like to hear from you

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  • Rakesh Bisht

    Aug 22, 2012 12:22

    We went there around 4pm, but we did'nt see even a mark of fire accident....we came to know only this mornng,.

  • ria

    Aug 22, 2012 11:52

    I hope everyone's safe. This incident could have taken 100's of lives. I thank God I wasn't there and i had not faced all these problems.

  • Tagore

    Aug 22, 2012 11:39

    There was a lot of thick black smoke, but hats of to Dubai Civil Defence for immediately attending to the incident. I have my warehouse connected as well and always receive immediate response whenever there is an alarm. Keep up the good work!

  • Jaison

    Aug 22, 2012 11:36

    That's right Sharif. Dubai Civil Defence has responded to this accident very quickly, preventing any major disaster.

  • sharif

    Aug 22, 2012 9:53

    Dont compare with Qatar fire. Dubai Mall was minor andeverything under control. alhamdulillah. Once more Dubai fire force and other security departments did their best.

  • MEENAXI

    Aug 21, 2012 10:01

    It's very sad to know that, but we thank God everything is under control now. Dubai is best and Dubai Mall is heart of Dubai. God bless.

  • varghese

    Aug 21, 2012 4:02

    after Qatar, it's Dubai Mall on fire...

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We went there around 4pm, but we did'nt see even a mark of fire accident....we came to know only this mornng,.

Rakesh Bisht

22 August 2012 13:05jump to comments