One of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire in Dubai’s Marina district

February 24, 2015 12:48 am

One of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire in ’s
Marina district, sending hundreds of residents pouring into the streets
as bright yellow flames raged several storeys high. No one was reported
killed.

Investigators are searching for clues to the cause of the blaze at the 86-storey Torch Tower. Photo / AP
The fire broke out at about 2am local time on Saturday in
the 86-storey Torch Tower at the northeast end of the densely populated
waterfront district, which is packed with skyscrapers.
High winds from a sandstorm whipped through the area, fanning the flames.
Dubai’s
police chief, Major General Khamis Mattar al-Muzeina, said firefighters
put out the blaze before it caused serious damage. But some balconies
were damaged, and several people who sustained minor injuries were
treated by ambulance crews at the scene.

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The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent.
Investigators were examining the scene, but there were no indications of
foul play, al-Muzeina said.
The Dubai blaze happened a day after
a fire gutted a building on the outskirts of the Emirati capital, Abu
Dhabi, killing 10 labourers who had been illegally living in a storage
area inside. Another eight people were injured in that fire.
Two
residents of the Torch said they were told the fire started around the
52nd floor. Flaming material falling from the initial fire then set a
lower part of the building ablaze, they said.
One of the
residents, Steve Short, 53, of Liverpool, England, praised the work of
firefighters, who arrived quickly. He said fire alarms alerted residents
to the blaze and building management sent workers knocking on doors to
ensure residents got out.

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