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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. …

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 …

London Police Eye Criminal Charges Related to Grenfell Tower Disaster

London police are considering a variety of criminal charges related to the June fire at Grenfell Tower that killed 71 people. Police told an inquiry Monday [Dec. 11] that the possible charges include misconduct in public office, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter …

Insurers Weigh Premium Hikes for UK’s Tall Buildings After Grenfell Tower Fire

Insurers are considering raising premiums for tall buildings in Britain with flammable cladding panels and no sprinklers or even excluding related risks following the Grenfell fire in London earlier this year. Inquiries into the tragedy, which killed up to 80 …

Compensation for London’s Grenfell Fire Victims May Be Capped at $5M: Reuters

The bill for compensating families of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in London may be as low as 4 million pounds ($5 million), according to several lawyers and a Reuters analysis of how damages laws apply in …

AIG Discloses It Could Face Claims from London’s Grenfell Tower Fire

American International Group Inc., the provider of commercial insurance, told regulators it could face claims costs from the Grenfell Tower fire that killed dozens of people in June in London. “Our net exposure to loss on this event is currently …

Fire Sweeps Through Dubai’s Tallest Residential Tower – Its 2nd Incident in 2 Years

A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, the latest in a series of fires in tall structures in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s tourism and business hub, over the past three …

Australia’s New South Wales to Inspect High-Rise Cladding over Fire Safety

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government will inspect more than 1,000 residential and commercial towers that may have potentially unsafe cladding and introduce new fire safety reforms to avoid a deadly inferno such as the Grenfell Tower fire in London. …

Grenfell Tower Insurer, Protector Forsikring, Raises Claims Estimate to $65M

The insurer of London’s Grenfell Tower, where at least 80 people died in a devastating fire, raised its estimate for property and liability insurance claims to 50 million pounds ($65 million) on Friday [July 7]. British police have said the …

Grenfell Tower Fire Puts Cloud over Energy Efficiency Industry’s Building Materials

The fire that killed at least 79 people in a residential tower in London earlier this month has delivered a blow to an often overlooked section of the green industry that’s crucial to delivering energy efficiency. Local authorities across the …