Dubai’s 79-storey Torch Tower on fire again

Dubai’s 79-storey Torch Tower on fire again

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It is not clear what caused the fire

A large fire has ripped through a residential 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – for the second time in two years.

Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower and burning debris falling to the streets.

The authorities later said that civil defence workers “successfully evacuated” the building and the blaze was brought under control.

It is not clear what caused the fire in one of the world’s tallest buildings.

The blaze, which rose quickly, was brought under control by the Dubai Civil Defence at about 03:40 local time (23:40 GMT) having broken out hours earlier, the government of Dubai’s media office said.

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Witnesses posted photos and video footage on social media showing flames rapidly climbing up the exterior of the 337m (1,106 ft) tall building.

Images on Friday also showed damaged vehicles in the vicinity of the fire.

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