Central Asia’s tallest tower, being built in Kazakhstan, hit by fire

A fire broke out on Saturday at a construction site where Central Asia’s tallest tower is being built in the Kazakh capital Astana, the Kazakh interior ministry said.

The blaze at the Abu Dhabi Plaza, being built by United Arab Emirates developer Aldar Properties and contractor Arabtec, started early in the morning and took six hours to put out, the ministry said.

Photographs on the ministry’s web site showed flames leaping from several different floors of the skeleton girder structure of the building that has been built so far.