One of Dubai’s tallest towers caught fire and turned into a blazing inferno late Thursday night.
This is the second time the residential Marina Torch Tower — more than 79 stories tall — has caught fire in the last two years, according to Reuters.
“We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming. We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor,” a resident told reporters. “It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 a.m. Then it started calming down over the next two hours.” The man said he thought the fire had started on the 67th floor, according to the Telegraph.
Dubai Civil Defence:Fire at the Torch Tower has been brought under control. Cooling operations are underway. No inures have been reported. pic.twitter.com/4hHMnaRJ7T
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2017
Officials are unsure what started the fire, and reported that no one was killed or injured. They blamed the 2015 fire on the Tower’s external cladding, which is flammable under specific conditions and does not prevent flames from spreading through windows as well as the interior of the building, the Telegraph said.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 4, 2017
Authorities indicated that they would do a thorough investigation of which materials are being used to construct tall buildings in order to evaluate the safety of residential skyscrapers and prevent another large scale fire from erupting.
This blaze follows fires that erupted at a Dubai luxury hotel on New Year’s Day in 2015 and a blaze that took over three residential blocks in the middle of Dubai in Nov. 2015, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
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