Flames engulf 79-story Dubai skyscraper

ByREUTERS
August 4, 2017 03:03




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 A massive blaze was engulfing one of the world's tallest residential buildings in Dubai early on Friday (August 4), residents said, but authorities noted the tower had been evacuated and no injuries were reported.

Flames shot up the sides of the Torch tower in the upscale Marina district in the second blaze at the building since 2015, causing burning debris to fly down the structure.

The Dubai government said firefighting squads from four Civil Defence stations have been deployed and the fire has been brought under control.

"No injuries have been reported so far in the Torch tower fire incident," the government said on its Twitter account.

"Dubai Civil Defence has successfully evacuated the Torch tower and is working to bring the fire under control," it added.

Hundreds of people were evacuated in 2015 from the same building when a massive fire swept through the tower.

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