Dubai Torch Tower Catches Fire, Situation Under Control; No Casualties Reported

Posted August 05, 2017

A fire tore through one of the world's tallest residential towers in Dubai for the second time since 2015, prompting many to compare it to the blaze at London's Grenfell Tower.

A video posted to Instagram from a building across the street from the Torch shows fire trucks arriving and debris covering the street.

A large fire that ripped through a residential skyscraper "Torch Tower" in Dubai last night was brought under control.

It's still unclear what caused Friday morning's torch tower fire and whether cladding played a role.

In both incidents, it appears fire alarms alerted residents and building staff knocked on doors to ensure a quick evacuation.

After that fire, the Dubai Civil Defense announced restrictions in 2016 on using exterior paneling on new construction, including forbidding it on towers taller than nine floors.

Smoke and fire rise from a high rise building at Marina district in Dubai.

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More than 100 buildings have failed combustibility testing in the United Kingdom in the wake of the fire.

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. The fire slightly damaged the interior of the 83th and 84th floor.

In February 2015, a blaze swallowed the building. Officials said the building was being cooled.

"I have a friend who is out of town who said I can stay at his place".

Ultra modern city of 2.6 million residents, Dubai has experienced these past two years several fires spectacular that were quickly contained and there were injuries.

Dubai's civil defence authorities said firefighting squads put out the blaze by around 4.00 am (0000 GMT) and were cooling the 1,105 foot (337 metre) tall Torch tower.