Huge fire engulfs Torch Tower in Dubai

Huge fire engulfs Torch Tower in Dubai

Authorities said the building was "successfully evacuated" and the inferno, which broke out in the early hours of Friday, was brought under control.

Moreover, the authorities and the officials are also investigating the incident since there was no immediate word with regards to the cause of the fire that engulfed the residential tower.

The 84-story Dubai residential building named, appropriately, The Marina Torch, burst into flames again last night.

The Dubai Media Office also tweeted: "Dubai Police Commander in Chief & Dubai Civil Defence Director General are on site following measures to control the fire at the Torch Tower".

Above are the visuals of the Dubai Torch Tower On fire.

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He said the fire grew "very, very fast" and "spread all over the tower in multiple places". At least 80 people died in the fire at the west London high-rise after residents became trapped in the burning building. "It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told", he added.

The Torch tower was hit by another blaze in 2015.

The same skyscraper was devastated by fire in 2015 and the flammable cladding was blamed in part for the blaze.

The UAE revised its building safety code in 2013 to require cladding on all new buildings over 15 metres (50 feet) tall be fire-resistant, but older buildings are exempt.

On Friday morning, police vehicles were still parked in front of the residential tower of 79-storeys.

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Rob Sheperd says it looks worse than the Dubai luxury hotel fire on New Year's Eve in 2015.

It later lost the title to the Princess Tower - located on the same road.

The externally clad tower is now one of the tallest residential skyscraper in the world. In that blaze, as in others in Dubai in recent years, residents escaped without major injury.

And on Thursday evening, in the neighboring emirate of Sharjah, an under-construction tower caught fire that raged for several hours as local media and nearby residents posted dramatic images of the blaze. The title has since been usurped by buildings in Dubai and NY.

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