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Kuwait Bank Tower Fire Caused by Exterior Welding Works

Kuwait City, Kuwait – 01 October 2018

A skyscraper under construction in the Sharq sector of Kuwait City caught fire on September 27, sending 2,500 workers fleeing from the flames. The tower is slated to become the new headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait.

The bank described the blaze as a “partial fire” on social media platforms, stating that firefighters had extinguished 90 percent of it. Timely arrival of the first responders helped in controlling the fire. Following the operation, investigators immediately launched investigations to determine the cause of the fire.

A press statement issued by Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) explained that following an investigation of the event, the conclusion was reached that sparks resulting from welding work on the building exterior triggered the fire. Activities related to the building envelope were ongoing when the fire broke out and spread throughout the basement and ground floor.

The 62-story tower is planned to be 300 meters high on completion.

For more on this story, go to The Washington Post and Arab Times.

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