Dubai skyscraper fire: Blaze rips through Torch in Dubai – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world

February 21, 2015 3:58 pm

A fire has ripped through the Torch in – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

The skyscraper, which is 336.1m (1,105ft) tall, is in the marina district of the city. The fire is believed to have started on the 50th floor and is spreading quickly, in part due to high-winds.

One witness said it looked like “the Titanic going down”, Gulfnews.com reports.

The  fire has ripped through the 79-storey Torch Tower in Dubai, but no casualties have been reported. The tower stands at 336m, making it one of the world’s tallest residential buildings.
Hundreds of people had to be evacuated.

 Terrified residents were forced to flee and emergency crews rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze which burned across several floors of the enormous structure.

There were no reported injuries, officials told NBC , but it was unclear whether all the residents had been accounted for.

Thousands of people were evacuated from the tower and dozens suffered smoke inhalation injuries, according to Gulf News.

One resident told the paper that the alarm had stirred many people from their sleep after it went off at 2.05am.
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“There have been three fire alarms every week recently and all were false,” they said. “This time I heard it and said it must be false. But then I smelt smoke. I took my wallet and ran down along with my wife. We live on the 59th floor. ”

Eyewitnesses told local media that the fire is believed to have started near the 50th floor of the building which opened four years ago.

Social media footage taken by eyewitnesses at the scene showed what looked like molten glass and pieces of masonry falling down.
Strong winds helped the blaze to spread across the 336.1m (1,105ft) high building in the marina district.
One eyewitness told the BBC “there was debris flying
everywhere, falling into neighbouring buildings”. The fire was later
extinguished.
It is not known what caused the blaze. Hundreds of people were evacuated and there are no reports of any casualties.
‘Very scared’
Footage posted on social media showed what looked like molten glass and pieces of masonry falling to the ground.
“The civil defence came really quickly and they have said there were
no casualties, everybody was told to evacuate in a timely manner and we
think everybody is OK.”
One of the tower’s residents, Kathryn Dickie, said she had seen panels from the building tumble to the ground.
“Those panels were catching fire and then coming off the building and being picked up by the wind,” she said.
“And I was watching them, they were falling down on to the
street still in flames, they weren’t going out and they were actually
knocking into the buildings across the road.”
US resident RJ Morlock told the Associated Press news agency:
“I was really surprised they got it under control pretty quickly. It
looked like it was going to go up.”
In 2012, a fire swept through Dubai’s 34-storey Tamweel Tower.
No-one was injured in that incident but hundreds of residents
were left homeless after the blaze, started reportedly by a cigarette
butt.

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