Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai residential skyscraper

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai residential skyscraper

Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai residential skyscraper

Video posted to Instagram by observers in Dubai shows a powerful fire tearing through the city's Marina Torch Tower, a 1,105-foot-tall tower overlooking the city's marina.

Firefighters from four fire stations were deployed and helped all the residents evacuate, the Dubai Media Office said on Twitter.

View of the Marina Torch tower at center. At least 80 people died in the fire at the west London high-rise after residents became trapped in the burning building. Fire spreads upto 40 floors as per the reports.

According to Kingfield Owner Association Management Services, the building management company for The Torch Tower, "most of the damage was limited to the exterior cladding". After the initial fire was put out, it went ablaze again at half past midnight. Building residents could be seen on the street outside, with several saying the fire broke out just after 1 a.m.

No deaths or injuries were reported in that incident. "We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor", Reuters reported.

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A fire broke out after midnight Friday in one of the world's tallest residential towers in Dubai, engulfing part of the skyscraper and sending chunks of debris plummeting below.

The United Arab Emirates issued new fire safety rules earlier this year that requires buildings with flammable cladding to be retrofitted with fire-resistant panels.

The UAE's fire code from 2011 was already under-revision at the time of the fire at the Address Hotel at Downtown Dubai on New Year's Eve 2015.

Experts in the United Kingdom have previously voiced concerns that building regulations are unclear on the use of combustible cladding, which paved the way to their use by contractors.

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