Number of the floors - 54 storeys Fully occupied – 2000 guests and 1500 staff membersLocation - Mussafah Residential There was a huge fire broke in Al-Fahim Place Hotel, Mussafah Residential on the 15th of June, Sunday. As soon as the fire broke in the building it suddenly got spread all over. It was first detected in the 38th floor, where the LPG cylinder got burst. Within a span of 15 minutes the fire spread all over the floors above the 38th floor. It was a huge outburst and whole building soon got chaotic.
There was heavy fire damages and huge destruction of goods and property. There were almost 2000 guests present in the hotel and about 1500 staff members working in the various floors. The fire equally spread over the consecutive floors downward. The affect was immense till the 30th floor. The fire very swiftly crossed the 46th floor towards the top and the 35th floor towards the ground. The detailed elaboration has been demonstrated through this graph. Everybody started running out of the building as soon as the LPG cylinder burst.
However as it was in the 38th floor people who were in the next consecutive floors got stuck and could not come out of the building. It was a devastating state of life and death for all those who were above the 38th floor. The building suddenly started collapsing and people were unable to move. Figure 1 Floors that were affected immediately after the burst. The investigatory team has declared that there were 100 people who died on the spot and more than 800 are heavily injured. It would have been more if the rescue team would have come little later.
The fire broke at about 4.15 pm and with in an hour it was all over the place. The rescue team came within 20 minutes and started spraying water to stop the fire from growing. Soon it was dark and the rescue team started working under heavy lights. In under daylight the task becomes easier but as it started getting dark the task became heavier. Risk factorsThe effort of saving more people became more difficult and the risk kept on increasing.
Everywhere there was a situation of helplessness and nervousness. People were screaming all over for help. The rescue team was saving whomever they got on their way. People who were unable to scream were saved much later. The course many loose their lives and many people were heavily injured. Most of the rescue act was done before 5.30 pm and then due to darkness the process became slower and the loss increase. There were lights all over but the natural daylight is a great support during such crisis.
The fire was flowing at a very high speed and for the fire brigade people it was really a tough job to over come. It took more than 2 hours to get control over the fire and then the proper evacuation happened from the floors where fire could not reach. Almost everyone was evacuated from the 48th floor onwards. In general the rescue team works much faster than what it could do on that very day. The biggest hindrance that they were facing is the darkness.
All sorts of electrical equipments were disconnected. There was absolute darkness except for the lights bore by the rescue team members.