One of the largest skyscrapers in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE), burst into flames the other day and continued to burn well into the night, resulting in more than a dozen injuries and thankfully no deaths. But unlike the infamous World Trade Center Building 7, this residential tower did not collapse into its own footprint because steel and concrete high-rises remain standing during fires – unless they are detonated, of course.
The 48-floor Abbco Tower was captured on film being engulfed in flames, which quickly shot up through the building’s top floors leaving firefighters helpless to stop it. The thing basically had to burn itself out as firefighting drones and at least a dozen firetrucks did what they could to contain the blaze.
According to reports, the fire grew so rapidly and out of control, in part due to the fact that it was made using a material called aluminum composite panel cladding. Similar fires have occurred all through Dubai, the capital of UAE, in skyscrapers made from the same questionable material.
At least five other buildings in close proximity to the Abbco Tower had to be evacuated because the fire was so extreme, and its embers so hot, that the entire vicinity was at risk. And yet neither the Abbco Tower nor any other nearby tower collapsed in the slightest because fire doesn’t melt steel or concrete.