Dubai Fire Sees Torch Tower Suffer Second Blaze in Three Years

The fire as it rips through the tower

One video showed flaming debris falling from the skyscraper.

"Dubai Civil Defence has successfully evacuated the Torch tower and is working to bring the fire under control", it added.

"Civil defense and police in the scene now to control the fire", a Dubai police spokesperson told Gulf News.

This sits in stark contrast with the fire that consumed most of the Grenfell Tower block in west London in June. The AP writes that residents of the building could be seen crying with several saying the fire broke just after 1 a.m. The United Arab Emirates issued new fire safety rules earlier this year that requires buildings with flammable cladding to be retrofitted with fire-resistant panels.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m.in the 1,100-foot skyscraper in the northern end of the densely populated Marina district, and the flames stretched dozens of floors. The city's police chief said the building had been safely evacuated and no one is believed to have been injured in the fire.

This is not the first time the United Arab Emirates tower, which opened in 2011 and at that time the world's tallest residential building, caught fire.


"I have a friend who is out of town who said I can stay at his place".

According to reports this evening firefighters are now tackling a large at a residential skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In August 2016, a fire swept through a 28-storey building under construction in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, injuring 13 people, including 10 emergency service personnel.

After a fire at the Address Downtown building in Dubai on New Year's Eve, 2015, authorities announced new regulations restricting the use of flammable exterior paneling.

"People still escaping torch tower Dubai", tweeted Rob Sheperd.

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