Dubai: A massive fire broke out at the new headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait on Thursday morning, as authorities quickly evacuated 2,500 workers from the site.
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Teams of Civil Defence, ambulance and police patrols rushed to the scene to evacuate people from the building, and coordinated their efforts to prevent the fire from spreading.
عاجل ..— أحمد خالد المسفر (@almesfr) September 27, 2018
حريق كبير في أحد المباني وسط العاصمة الكويت
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The National Bank of Kuwait took to Twitter to confirm all 2,500 workers were evacuated, and that 90 per cent of the fire was controlled by the General Directorate of Civil Defence.
“More than 2,500 workers were evacuated from the site in record time without any injuries,” said the bank.
Note that there has been a partial fire in the NBK headquarter construction site of which 90% has been successfully extinguished by the Kuwait Fire Department. Over 2500 workers were evacuated from the site in a record time with no injuries. Updates will follow. Thank you.— National Bank of Kuwait (@NBKPage) September 27, 2018
No injuries were reported.
NBK Management would like to thank:— National Bank of Kuwait (@NBKPage) September 27, 2018
-The Kuwait Fire Department
-Ministry of Interior
-MOH: Emergency Medical Services
For their quick response in extinguishing the fire at the new NBK Headquarter construction site and to the public on their concern for the safety of all.
The 300-metre high skyscraper is located in the financial district of Sharq in Kuwait City, and was designed by the architecture and engineering firm Foster and Partners.
“The design combines structural innovation with a highly efficient passive form, shielding the offices from the extremes of Kuwait's climate, where temperatures average 40 degrees in the summer months,” it added.