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In pics: Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper ‘The Marina Torch’

A fire erupted early Friday morning in Dubai in one of the world’s tallest residential buildings, enveloping a side of the 86-story The Marina Torch Tower

world Updated: Aug 04, 2017 09:05 IST
More than 40 floors of the 86-story the Torch Tower in Dubai were burning on one side of the building.
More than 40 floors of the 86-story the Torch Tower in Dubai were burning on one side of the building.(Reuters Photo)

Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years.

Authorities said no casualties were reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch, once the tallest residential development in the world.

Dubai’s Civil Defense announced at about 3:30 a.m. that firefighters had brought the blaze under control and that no injuries had been reported.

Several skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates have caught fire in recent years, including a towering inferno that engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve in 2016. In that blaze, as in others in Dubai in recent years, residents escaped without major injury.

Flames shoot up the sides of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in this August 4, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
Smoke and fire rise from a high rise building at Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo)
Flames shoot up the side of the Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 4, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
Dubai Emergency Response teams and Dubai police are seen on the street near Dubai's Torch tower residential building in the Marina district, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, early hours of August 4, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)
Map of Dubai locating The Torch, where a blaze erupted and left panicked residents fleeing early Friday. (AFP)