TORCH TOWER IN FLAMES ONCE MORE
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.
TERRIFYING: Dozens of floors on one side of the 337- metre- tall Torch were alight.