Massive fire rips through Dubai's Torch Tower

Dubai Tower Fire

Dubai Tower Fire

The skyscraper, also known as Torch Tower, was soon blanketed in fumes and chunks of burning bebris started falling down on the streets below.

The fire is the second to hit the high-rise block since 2015, when flammable cladding similar to that fitted to Grenfell Tower was blamed for fuelling the spread of the flames.

The Dubai government said firefighting squads from four Civil Defence stations have been deployed and the fire has been brought under control.

But the dramatic fire prompted conversations over long-standing concerns about the sort of cladding used in Dubai towers.

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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.

Fire engineers said that fire was likely accelerated by the exterior cladding or siding which was replaced past year.

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.

It was completed in 2011 - just two years before the United Arab Emirates revised its building safety regulations to require all new builds over 15 metres to have fire-resistant cladding. The firefighters battled the blaze for more than two hours.

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One Torch resident, who gave his name as George, told Reuters: "We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming".

"People still escaping torch tower Dubai. building is well ablaze. looks worse than 2015 fire", Rob Sheperd tweeted.

"You never think it's going to happen to you", said Alireza Aletomeh, a resident of the tower.

Residents are now being sheltered in three nearby hotels, according to the Dubai Media Office, which has tweeted images of firefighters rescuing pets from the building.

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The Torch is located in the city's popular Marina neighbourhood.

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