Massive blaze takes over 40 storeys of Dubai luxury tower

Torch Tower

Earlier this year, Dubai passed new fire safety rules requiring buildings with quick-burning side paneling to replace it with more fire-resistant siding.

According to BBC News, Dubai authorities say civil defence officials have successfully evacuated the building and are now working to bring the blaze under control.

The tower caught fire in February 2015 and although no major casualties were reported, the external cladding of the building was blamed for the rapid spread of the flames. Since the 2015 fire, efforts were underway to protect the building from future incidents.

Initial reports from residents suggest the fire alarm caused most to evacuate to safety in a short time-frame.

Dubai Marina is a popular expat neighbourhood that has a high concentration of residential towers.




At 3.30am, the Dubai Media Office confirmed that the blaze was extinguished. Several hours after the fire, the authorities in Dubai had not yet announced the cause of the latter.

Flammable cladding has contributed to at least three other towering infernos in recent years in Dubai, the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates. The high-rise residential tower has caught fire in the middle of the night, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and debris falling below. After the initial fire was put out, it went ablaze again at half past midnight.

The resident said a lot of people got out of the building but added that it was unclear if there were people still trapped inside.

The UK Government announced it would conduct an independent review into building regulations and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, which fire safety experts hope will overhaul legislation they believe is no longer fit for objective.

A huge fire ripped through another Dubai skyscraper, the 63-floor luxury hotel the Address Downtown hotel, on New Year's Eve as the years changed from 2015 to 2016, injuring 14 people.

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