TORCH TOWER IN FLAMES ONCE MORE

Townsville Bulletin - - WORLD -

PAN­ICKED res­i­dents fled one of the tallest tow­ers in Dubai early yes­ter­day 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, a 337- me­tre- tall tower – once the world’s tallest res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

The tower was the scene of a 2015 in­ferno that caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to its lux­ury flats and trig­gered an evac­u­a­tion of nearby blocks in the Ma­rina neigh­bour­hood.

Dubai au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day said the fire had been put out. There was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion of what caused it.

The ter­ri­fy­ing blaze started on the 63rd floor, said Dubai po­lice com­man­der- in- chief Ma­jor Gen­eral Ab­dul­lah Khal­ifa Al Marri.

“We thank God that there were no ca­su­al­ties,” he said.

Pic­ture: TWIT­TER

TER­RI­FY­ING: Dozens of floors on one side of the 337- me­tre- tall Torch were alight.

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