Fire at Dubai skyscraper
August 4th, 2017 at 4:17 pm
Fire at Dubai skyscraper

International desk – Fire hit The Marina Torch tower in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of the 79-storey residential building.

Firefighters managed to control the blaze in two hours, at 2:58am, and started the cooling process in the early hours of Friday, according to Gulf News newspaper.

Dubai Civil Defense and Police evacuated the building quickly. No injuries or casualties were reported.

On Friday morning, clean-up operations started as soon as the fire was put out.

Firefighters received the alert at around 12:45am, about the high-rise blaze — which affected 65 floors, the newspaper reported quoting officials.

It was the second skyscraper fire in the United Arab Emirates in two years.

According to BBC, Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower and burning debris falling to the streets.

It is not clear what caused the fire in one of the world’s tallest buildings.

The blaze, which rose quickly, was brought under control by the Dubai Civil Defence at about 03:40 local time (23:40 GMT) having broken out hours earlier, the government of Dubai’s media office said.

Witnesses posted photos and video footage on social media showing flames rapidly climbing up the exterior of the 337-meter (1,106 ft) tall building.

Images on Friday also showed damaged vehicles in the vicinity of the fire.

One eyewitness, Dina, tweeted that she woke to the sound of emergency services arriving at the scene before discovering “another fire at the Torch”.

“Because of the efforts of all teams on the ground, the residents were evacuated from this building to another one and there were no injuries,” Dubai police chief Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said.

The government media office said “cooling operations were underway”.

The Torch Tower was damaged by an earlier blaze in 2015, which resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of people.

That fire, and other recent blazes in the city, spread quickly because of external cladding, according to fire engineering consultancy Tenable Dubai.

But they did not result in fatalities because the design and construction of the buildings allowed firefighters to battle the blaze and residents to evacuate via smoke-free, fire-free safety zones, the group says.