Torch tower in Dubai on fire, thousands forced to evacuate

DUBAI. KAZINFORM - Hundreds of people were evacuated after a fire broke out in Dubai's Marina Torch tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, Kazinform refers to ABC News.

Strong winds fanned the fire in the 79-storey skyscraper, which is 336 metres tall and opened in 2011. Footage posted on social media showed what looked like molten glass and pieces of masonry falling down. "Everything was foggy obviously, debris was flying everywhere, going into the neighbouring buildings," one witness told the BBC. "You could see people getting out on their balconies and turning the fires out. "And it was quite a stressful situation but thankfully the civil defence came really fast." Medics said there were no casualties. Dubai civil defence officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment and the cause of the fire remained unclear. It was not immediately known what caused the fire, but residents said it was fanned by high winds. It took a dozen fire trucks about 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control. A report on said the fire appeared to start around the 50th floor. Residents say high winds fanned the blaze. Two other nearby buildings in the emirate's Marina district, home to thousands of expatriate professionals, were also evacuated, a witness said. Dubai, known for its skyline of hugely varied skyscrapers, has seen tower fires in the past. In 2012, a huge blaze gutted the 34-Tamweel tower in the nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers district. It was later revealed to have been caused by a cigarette butt thrown into a bin.

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