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Fire engulfs Dubai tower for second time

A huge fire has ripped through a skyscraper in downtown Dubai in the early hours of Friday morning.

Flames were seen billowing from the side of the 79-storey 337 m-high Torch Tower at around 1am local time in the United Arab Emirates.

The tower was evacuated with no reported casualties.

The Dubai government’s media office tweeted: “No injuries have been reported so far in the Torch Tower fire incident.”

Firefighters from four civil defence stations in the emirate were deployed to bring the blaze under control and ensure safety of residents.

The externally clad tower is currently one of the tallest residential skyscraper in the world.

The building was opened in 2011 and has now suffered a second major fire in only two years, following an incident in 2015.

Video posted on Twitter shows flames leaping up the site of the building, which is located in Dubai’s marina, with burning debris falling down the side of the skyscraper.

The fire was bought under control by 4am local time.

The previous blaze broke out at 2am on 21 February 2015 and was started by a grill placed on one of the tower’s balconies. The fire caused widespread damage to cladding from the 50th floor where the fire broke out to the top of the tower.

In 2013 Dubai revised its own fire regulations to ensure cladding on any building over 50 ft tall was fire-resistant.  

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