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Torch tower inferno in Dubai; hundreds evacuated

Hundreds of residents were evacuated several minor injuries reported after one of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire on Saturday night

The Torch Tower, Dubai Marina, as captured by Sam Biddle and posted on Gawker.
The Torch Tower, Dubai Marina, as captured by Sam Biddle and posted on Gawker.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated several minor injuries reported after one of the world’s tallest residential towers caught fire on Saturday night.

Police say fire broke out at the 79-storey, 330m-tall Torch tower in Dubai’s Marina area at around 8.30pm. According to witnesses flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the top of the structure. Four people were injured by falling debris, and at least a dozen fire trucks were sent to deal with the blaze.

Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police, said that there is no criminal suspect behind the fire incident, which he described as simple and did not cause serious damages as the civil defence timely intervened to extinguish the fire.

High winds fanned the flames which quickly spread up the outside of the tower. Al Mazeina said minor damage spread to a number of balcony apartments as a result.

Al Mazeina noted that the scene of incident was examined by the forensic experts of the General Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology at Dubai Police, to compile a technical report to determine cause of the fire. One witness

He commended the efforts of the firefighters and ambulance, adding that they swung to the scene of incident, where they doused the fire and treated the injured.

Major General Al Mazeina oversaw the fire extinguishing process, examination of the scene of incident by the forensic experts and treatment of the injured. He was accompanied by Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-In-Chief of Dubai Police for Criminal Investigation.

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