Friday, October 20

Dubai’s Torch Tower Torches Again – Is It The Name?

Dubai’s Torch Tower Torches Again – Is It The Name?

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Dubai’s Torch Tower in United Arab Emirate, which is 1,100 feet tall, catches fire again for the second time in two years. The 84-storey Torch Tower is the fifth tallest building in the world. Firemen were fighting the blaze on early Friday morning.

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The fire started at around 1am local time. Flames shot up very quickly up the sides of the Torch Tower causing debris too plummet on the sides of the tower.

Occupants woke up screaming and fleeing from the building. One resident mentioned that he took about 10 minutes to reach the ground floor from the 50th floor. That was a pretty quick exit.

The blaze was finally brought under control by the fire brigade at about 03:40 local time (23:40 GMT).  No casualties were reported.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Torch Tower was completed in 2011 and was the tallest residential building at that time. However, the height was very quickly surpassed by six other buildings. There are 676 apartments and a two bedroom unit cost $500,000.

According to Dubai authorities, the fire affected 38 apartments and 64 floors.

The Torch Tower fire in 2015 is surprisingly very similar to the current fire. Both fires were on the sides of the tower.

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