Fire Rips Through 'Torch Tower' Dubai Skyscraper

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Several floors of the 676-unit building-called Torch Tower-were quickly engulfed in flames, including fires that started when falling debris ignited lower levels.

Dubai Civil Defense services announced it was dealing with a fire at the 337-metre-high Torch Tower at approximately 2am local time this morning, and that the blaze was brought under control by 4am.

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"Because of the efforts of all teams on the ground, the residents were evacuated from this building to another one and there were no injuries", Dubai police chief Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said. When it was already declared as "fire out", the authorities shared a picture of the blackened and charred tower.

But the incident may revive questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy Gulf region and beyond. The first fire happened on February 21, 2015, with no casualties reported at the time.

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News reports the building was "successfully evacuated". Officials say they are moving residents to shelter while they investigate the blaze and assess damage.

Witnesses have described screaming residents fleeing Dubai's Torch Tower after a huge fire broke out at the skyscraper, one of the tallest in the world, on Thursday night.

The Independent writes that the United Arab Emirates updated its building safety code in 2013, and now requires that all new buildings taller than 50ft must use entirely fire-resistant cladding.

The blaze ripped through multiple floors of the new building, in the expat-heavy Marina district of the city.

Dubai's glittering skyline has seen a number of similar fires in recent years.

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