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Fire hits Dubai’s Torch Tower for second time in 30 months

Dubai Civil Defence evacuated the tower without any reported injuries, and brought the blaze under control approximately two hours after arriving at the scene

The fire was reported to Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) at 12.45am on Friday, 4 August, 2017 [image: DCD].
The fire was reported to Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) at 12.45am on Friday, 4 August, 2017 [image: DCD].

The UAE’s Torch Tower has been hit by fire for the second time in 30 months.

The latest fire was reported to Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) at 12.45am on Friday, 4 August, 2017.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 12.49am, and the building was evacuated.

The fire was brought under control at 2.58am. It was extinguished at approximately 4.00am, according to Reuters.

No injuries have been reported, according to DCD.

Torch Tower is a supertall residential building located in Dubai Marina. The structure suffered its first fire in February 2015.

Commenting on the most recent blaze via Instagram, DCD stated: “[In] the presence of Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, director general of Civil Defence in Dubai, the firefighters managed to control a fire incident in the Torch Tower in the Marina area without causing any injuries.”

The statement added: “[DCD’s] operations room received a report at [12.45am] that there was an incident at the 85-storey Torch Tower. Immediately, the rescue teams moved to the scene at 12.49am.

“[Sixty-five firefighters] participated in the fire operation […] The firefighters were able to evacuate the tower completely [and] skilfully [at] high speed. [They] managed to control the incident and reduce the spread of the fire in the rest of the tower’s floors without any human injuries at 2.58am,” it added.

At 337m in height, Torch Tower became the tallest residential building in the world upon completion in 2011. This record now belongs to 432 Park Avenue, a 425.5m supertall in Manhattan, New York.

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