Massive fire breaks out at Dubai Torch Tower, no injuries

The fire as it rips through the tower
TWITTERThe Marina Torch building otherwise known as the Torch building stands at 1,142 ft tall
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05 August, 2017

An 86-story skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, caught fire for the second time but no injuries were reported, the Dubai Media Office said.

Several floors of the 676-unit building-called Torch Tower-were quickly engulfed in flames, including fires that started when falling debris ignited lower levels.

By 3.30am Dubai's Civil Defense said the blaze had been brought under control and that no injuries had been reported.

The externally clad tower is now one of the tallest residential skyscraper in the world.

Meanwhile, the officials have cordoned off the area near the building to ascertain the security of the people.

The Torch Tower was the site of a massive fire in February 2015, reports CNN.

REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in this August 4, 2017 picture by Mitch Williams.

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Witness John O'Nolan wrote on Twitter: "Fire in Dubai marina getting bigger and spreading up building".

The Dubai Civil Defence added that the building, which has 82 floors, was "successfully evacuated". Authorities say they have brought the fire under control.

However, the reason due to which the blaze was caused was not clear immediately.

A review of United Kingdom building regulations and fire safety is now underway.

At least 80 people were killed in June when a destructive blaze ripped through a tower in London.

The UK Government announced it would conduct an independent review into building regulations and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, which fire safety experts hope will overhaul legislation they believe is no longer fit for goal.


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