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19 Jan 2017, Tehran, Iran
Soldiers, sniffer dogs, and rescue workers are searching for an estimated 25 trapped firefighters in the ruins of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed on January 19 while they were trying to put out a blaze. Read more.
13 Sep 2016, Yangon, Myanmar
After ordering construction to halt earlier in 2016, Yangon’s high-rise review committee has performed the final check on 55 new buildings and is preparing to inspect a remaining 130 structures to ensure tower safety. Read more.
05 Aug 2016, Yangon, Myanmar
After Yangon regulators halted construction of around 200 buildings in May, reviews for 12 of the buildings were completed earlier this month, with the Yangon government ordering safety modifications for all of them. Read more.
28 Jul 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
More than half of the 17-story buildings set to house athletes during the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are still not fully ready, with less than two weeks to go until the start of the games. Read more.
20 Jul 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A 76-story residential skyscraper in Dubai caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending plumes of smoke into the air. It took firefighters three hours to dampen the blaze at the Sulafa Tower – the city’s 21st tallest building. Read more.
26 May 2016, Makati City, Philippines
On May 26, two people were injured when a tower crane at the construction site of the 32-story Salcedo SkySuites Building – located along H.V. de la Costa Street in Barangay Bel Air, Makati City – collapsed. Read more.
26 Apr 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Address, which was badly damaged by a fire on New Year’s Eve, will not reopen in 2016, an Emaar Hospitality Group executive said. In the meantime, the developer is anticipating the opening of The Address The BLVD. Read more.
01 Apr 2016, Melbourne, Australia
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) has found that Melbourne's tallest building – the Eureka Tower – contains small amounts of highly combustible cladding; however, they insist that the cladding doesn’t pose a threat. Read more.
29 Mar 2016, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Firefighters extinguished a blaze Tuesday, March 29 that burned up the side of several towers in the United Arab Emirates city of Ajman, the latest in a series of skyscraper infernos in the Gulf nation. Read more.
18 Mar 2016, Los Angeles, United States
According to fire officials, a construction worker died after he fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center – the future tallest building in Los Angeles and the US, west of the Mississippi River. Read more.
18 Feb 2016, Melbourne, Australia
The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) says just over half of 170 buildings audited buildings were found to be non-compliant in using external wall cladding materials that failed the combustibility requirements for a high-rise. Read more.
01 Feb 2016, Istanbul, Turkey
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Turkish authorities to carry out a full investigation of the causes of a fatal elevator accident on the construction site of the Torun Center, which killed ten. Read more.
07 Jan 2016, Tokyo, Japan
The Tokyo Fire Department has introduced a new helicopter unit to help fight high-rise building fires. The development follows a near doubling of high-rise fires in Tokyo and rapid growth in the number of high-rise buildings. Read more.
05 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Working with all available information, CTBUH Fellow and fire safety expert Simon Lay considers this most recent high-rise fire, its causes, and the potential impact it might have on the industry moving forward. Read more.
04 Jan 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year's Eve – the emirate's third high-rise fire in three years – has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the region. Read more.
23 Nov 2015, Chicago, United States
Five people were injured, including a Chicago Police officer, in a two-alarm fire on November 21 at Chicago's iconic John Hancock Center. The fire broke out at approximately 2:30 pm inside an apartment bedroom on the 50th floor. Read more.
18 Nov 2015, Yangon, Myanmar
City engineers in Yangon were busy inspecting the site of what has been planned as Myanmar’s tallest building after a fire broke out in the early-morning hours of November 17 on the building's in-progress 22nd floor. Read more.
02 Nov 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The Sharjah Civil Defense authority has committed to increasing the number of inspection visits to buildings in the emirate after a massive fire gutted all residential units in a high-rise building in September. Read more.
26 Oct 2015, Yokohama, Japan
Following several media reports, one of Japan’s largest chemical companies, has admitted that a subsidiary that builds residential homes performed substandard work and falsified data on apartment towers it built in Yokohama. Read more.
01 Oct 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A massive fire erupted at the 36-story Nasser Tower building on King Fasial Street in Sharjah around 2 pm on October 1. The fire was still raging two hours later, with the cause yet to be ascertained. Read more.
27 Aug 2015, New York City, United States
An underground leak has been discovered under the World Trade Center complex – and officials fear the seepage may be coming from the slurry wall that separates the newly rebuilt site from the Hudson River. Read more.
18 Aug 2015, Mumbai, India
Three years after planning to import a new snorkel to combat high-rise fires, the Mumbai Fire Brigade unveiled the brand new 90-meter device. The hydraulic platform can scale up to 30 floors and has a turntable ladder. Read more.
14 Aug 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A fire broke out the evening of August 13 in a high-rise under construction in the Al Khan area of Sharjah. The fire gutted the 21st and 22nd stories of the building and consumed parts of the 20th floor . Read more.
08 Jul 2015, London, United Kingdom
Concerns about strong winds at the bottom of 20 Fenchurch Street, which were not predicted at the planning stage, have prompted the City of London to start demanding independent verification of developers’ wind studies. Read more.
24 Jun 2015, Hanoi, Vietnam
High-rise buildings and apartments are beginning to crowd small alleyways and residential areas in Hanoi, and as a result, investors are putting immense pressures on already weak infrastructure systems. Read more.
16 Jun 2015, Gold Coast, Australia
Dozens of 40-year-old Gold Coast high-rise apartment towers built in the 1970s face million-dollar repair jobs due to concrete spalling, which occurs when steel reinforcement within concrete slabs rust and expand. Read more.
15 Jun 2015, Pyongyang, North Korea
A large high-rise hotel caught fire in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on June 11. The story has been under-reported and little photographic evidence has emerged due to the government’s strict control over the media. Read more.
05 Jun 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Nepalese government has declared that two out of the 40 apartment buildings in Kathmandu are uninhabitable after completing a Rapid Post-Disaster Damage Assessment of all the inhabited high-rises in the valley. Read more.
29 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia
Victoria's Building Regulator has announced that every high-rise built in Melbourne's central business district and inner suburbs in the past decade will be inspected for cheap, imported, non-compliant cladding found to be flammable. Read more.
27 Apr 2015, Delhi, India
The recent earthquake in Nepal has brought earthquake safety norms into focus in India, where high-rises above 20 and 30 floors are quickly becoming the norm. Most buildings in India today use the minimum structural safety standards. Read more.