Fire breaks out at 79-storey Dubai skyscraper

A large fire has ripped through a 335-metre-high residential skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Footage posted on social media sites showed flames spreading up a tower, believed to be the Torch building, and burning debris falling down, reports the BBC.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze started in the building which has 676 apartments.

The 79-storey Torch, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, was damaged by fire in 2015.

A Dubai Police spokesperson told Gulf News that the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.

“It’s big fire started on 9th floor. Civil defence and police in the scene now to control the fire,” the spokesperson said.

Dubai Media Office tweeted that Dubai Civil Defence teams were trying to control the fire in one of the towers in the Marina district and firefighters from four fire stations were participating.

People took to social media to express their horror at the scene, just weeks after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Cara Spillane tweeted: “Terrifying to see Torch Tower, in the area I live in (Dubai Marina) on fire now. Hope everyone gets out OK.”

The Commander in Chief of Dubai Police and head of Dubai Civil Defence are currently at the scene to supervise and monitor fire control operations.

Located at the Dubai Marina, the tower was damaged by fire on February 21, 2015, causing substantial damage.

The fire comes despite tougher new rules undertaken by the modern emirate early this year following a spate of fires hitting its skyscrapers.

It was the world’s tallest residential building when it opened in 2011.


could be very symbolic..

“The 79-storey Torch, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, was damaged by fire in 2015.”

the torch gets..torched..


~ by seeker401 on August 4, 2017.

One Response to “Fire breaks out at 79-storey Dubai skyscraper”

  1. Exactly what I was thinking – Torch Tower gets torched.
    For the second time in two years.

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