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Orient Insurance Loses Bid to Recover Payout for Dubai Hotel Fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An insurance company that was ordered to pay more than a billion dirhams in damages for a 2015 New Year’s Eve fire in Dubai has lost a civil lawsuit that it filed to try …

Britain Proposes Reforms for Insuring Apartment Blocks After Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire

Britain’s financial watchdog has proposed reforming how apartment blocks are insured after the deaths of 72 people in the Grenfell Tower fire in London led to rocketing premiums on policies. The Financial Conduct Authority said on Wednesday that since the …

UK Homebuilders Commit More Than £2B to Fix Fire Safety Issues

Developers responsible for building half of the new homes in the UK have committed more than 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) to help fix safety issues. So far 35 developers have made commitments to fix issues on buildings that are …

Major British Housebuilders Pledge to Remove Flammable Cladding

Four major British housebuilders have signed a government-backed safety pledge to remove flammable roof coverings from buildings which came into focus after the deadly Grenfell Tower fire in London. The country’s second-largest and third-largest homebuilders, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, said …

UK Insurers Cautiously Willing to Underwrite Fire Safety Risks for High-Rise Recladding Projects: Survey

Insurers have revealed a cautious willingness to underwrite fire safety risks on new projects to remove defective cladding from high rise buildings. Around two-thirds of respondents to a survey by the International Underwriting Association (IUA) stated they would provide a …

UK Government’s Safety Plan for High-Rise Buildings Could Push Away Investors: Aviva

Aviva Plc, the UK insurer and asset manager, warned the government that new safety proposals for high-rise apartment blocks could steer institutional investors away from the residential property market. The company last year urged the government to consider how its …

High-Rise Building Catches Fire in United Arab Emirates

A high-rise tower caught fire Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates and authorities said it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the blaze. The sides of the 48-floor Abbco Tower in Sharjah saw flames shoot up them. The city neighbors Dubai. …

Inquiry into Grenfell Tower Inferno Criticizes Fire Brigade for Higher Fatalities

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday vowed to speed up efforts to make sure the dangerous cladding used in the Grenfell Tower is removed from other high-rise buildings before there is another tragic fire. Speaking on the day a damning …

Door From London’s Deadly Grenfell Tower Fails Fire Safety Test

Police say a door from a London high-rise that went up in flames, killing 71 people, has failed an expert fire safety test. The Metropolitan Police force said Thursday that an undamaged door from Grenfell Tower withstood flames for only …

UK Panel Review of Grenfell Tower Tragedy Calls for ‘Cultural Change’ Around Safety

An interim review into UK building regulations commissioned after the Grenfell Tower social housing block fire in London which killed 71 people in June, has called for a “culture change” in respect to fire safety. The review, sponsored by the …