dglobalnews.com Fire engulfs Dubai tower for second time
Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Fire engulfs Dubai tower for second time

Fire engulfs Dubai tower for second time

Video footage has emerged showing the blaze spreading up the 82-storey Torch Tower - one of the world's tallest buildings - in the luxury Dubai Marina area popular with expats.

Burning debris can be seen falling from the Torch Tower in videos uploaded to social media by shocked onlookers.

More than two years after it was hit by fire, the Dubai Torch Tower is in flames again. On Friday afternoon, Dubai Police reopened roads leading to the tower.

Firefighters in the Emirate had the blaze under control at around 3.30am local time, and the building was evacuated safely and quickly with no injuries or casualties. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the 1,105-foot tall building.

An Associated Press journalist near the scene said the fire was visible from outside on one side of the building.

"The biggest fear was not the fire, but people getting trampled in the stairwell, but everyone was very calm".

The Torch was damaged by an earlier fire in 2015, BBC News adds.

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By 4.00 a.m. the exterior of the building showed no sign of fire as residents and onlookers stood around staring up at the building, according to a Reuters witness.

The cause of the Dubai fire is not now known, but flammable cladding was determined to be the cause of the 2015 fire at the site, says the BBC Today Programme.

The government said it is now working on providing shelter for those affected.

It marks the second fire at the skyscraper in the world-famous Marina district, with an eerily similar incident two years ago.

Flammable claddings are said to have contributed to at least three other skyscraper fires in Dubai.

Dubai is a trade, tourism and investment hub for the Gulf region, and is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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.

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