Sunday 25 February 2018

Chaos as blaze hits 86-storey Torch tower in Dubai

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

The fire broke out at about 2am local time in the 86-storey Torch tower on the north-east end of the densely populated waterfront district, which is packed with multi-storey skyscrapers.

High winds whipped through the area, fanning the flames, and debris from the fire cluttered nearby streets.

Dubai's police chief, Major General Khamis Mattar al-Muzeina, said in a statement that firefighters put out the blaze before it caused serious damage.

Several balconies were damaged, and a number of people who sustained minor injuries were treated by ambulance crews at the scene, he said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. Investigators were examining the scene, but there are no indications of foul play, Maj Gen al-Muzeina said.

The Dubai blaze happened a day after a fire gutted a building on the outskirts of the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi, killing 10 labourers who had been illegally living in a storage area inside.

Sunday Independent

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