Torch Tower fire started on 26th floor: Dubai Civil Defence

Posted August 05, 2017

Burning debris also fell into the street, showering parked vehicles and causing smaller fires.

Another resident, John O'Nolan, tweeted that although some of the flames had been doused, new fires were erupting on the other side of the tower.

The tower was evacuated and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

Firefighters have brought a massive fire that broke out at a residential skyscraper in Dubai under control, according to local officials. I was one of the first ones to get out, I think more people were either asleep or were not at home. 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. "It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told", he added.

One of Dubai's tallest towers caught fire and turned into a blazing inferno late Thursday night.

Ultra modern city of 2.6 million residents, Dubai has experienced these past two years several fires spectacular that were quickly contained and there were injuries.

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

View of the Marina Torch tower at center. Witnesses claim that their aren't many fire trucks or emergency services attending the incident at present.

Smoke and fire rise from a high rise building at Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

This is the second time the waterfront building has been ravaged by fire in the last two years, with a similar blaze in early 2015.

A fire swept through the same building in February 2015 and its flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the flames, the reason that led to London's Grenfell's fire. The title has since been usurped by buildings in Dubai and NY.