Dubai's huge 'Torch' tower engulfed in flames - again

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   DUBAI The Torch Tower is on fire for the second time in two years

The residential building, one of the world's tallest residential towers, experienced its second blaze in two years in the early hours of Friday.

Video posted on Twitter shows flames leaping up the site of the building, which is located in Dubai's marina, with burning debris falling down the side of the skyscraper.

It also reported that Dubai Civil Defense has successfully evacuated the Torch Tower and is working to bring the fire under control.

JEDDAH: More than two years after it was hit by fire, the Dubai Torch Tower is in flames again.

No injuries have been reported so far at the Torch Tower.

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Already, authorities are blaming flammable cladding on the building's exterior for the fire, eerily echoing the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London, a tragedy that killed at least 80 people. "We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor", a resident told reporters.

The flammable aluminium composite panels used to clad the tower were blamed for the rapid spread of the 2015 fire.

The fire was thought to have started at 1 a.m. local time (5 p.m. Thursday EDT), with flames soon engulfing dozens of floors on one side of the 86-storey building. Around at 4 am fire cools down and comes under control. Witnesses claim that their aren't many fire trucks or emergency services attending the incident at present.

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. The AP mentions that an inferno broke out at a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve in 2016.

The regulations did not require cladding of older buildings to be immediately retrofitted.

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