Firefighters recount battling Dubai skyscraper fire
The building's sprinkler system was key in controlling the fire; around 100 firefighters took part in the operation
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Rahman Bel Shallan was on call on Saturday when The Torch tower fire broke out.
Lt. Col Bel Shallan, Director of the Directorate of Civil Defence in Jebel Ali, immediately headed for the scene of the fire, where he joined his colleagues who were already following orders from Maj Ali Al Mutawa, Director of Operations at Dubai Civil Defence and the commander in charge of this fire-fighting operation.
"Maj Al Mutawa assigned me the responsibility of leading the teams combating the fire from inside the building. We gathered in a safe area inside the building, and then I divided the teams into two — one to combat the fire that was raging on the side of the building facing the sea and the other facing Shaikh Zayed Road," Lt Col Bel Shallan said.