Mas­sive blaze breaks out half­way up 75-storey lux­ury tower in Dubai

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A res­i­den­tial 75-storey sky­scraper in Dubai has caught fire in the densely pop­u­lated Ma­rina dis­trict, send­ing plumes of smoke into the air. Pieces of the build­ing’s fa­cade have been fall­ing off and tum­bling be­low as the blaze en­gulfed the Su­lafa Tower yes­ter­day. The fire ap­pears to have started on the 35th floor and quickly spread to other floors and the sides of the build­ing. Nora Maki, who lives across the street, says the flames ‘spread like wild­fire’ but that fire­fight­ers ‘did an amaz­ing job’ of get­ting it un­der con­trol. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of in­juries and eight fire en­gines are at the scene. The nearby Westin Dubai ho­tel said dis­placed Su­lafa Tower res­i­dents can take shel­ter in­side its ballroom.

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