Wednesday 18 July 2018

Blaze rips through Dubai's Torch tower

DUBAI, August 4, 2017

A fire that broke out early Friday on the 84-floor Torch tower near Dubai Marina in Dubai, UAE was out after burning for about two hours, media reports said.

The residential block was being cooled at 3:30 am local time, officials were quoted as saying in a CNN report.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Social media videos showed a line of fire up one side of the building and falling, flaming debris.

Firefighters fought the fire from inside the building, and the crowd gathered 500 meters away could see water shooting out of the affected units, the report said.

The fire was out three hours after it began, the Civil Defense Office said.

This is the second time in two years that The Torch is catching fire. It was the site of a massive fire in February 2015.

With 84 floors, The Torch was the world's tallest residential tower when it opened in 2011. It has 682 residential units with 24-hour security and concierge, and six retail spaces.

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