Dubai: A massive fire has broken out at Dubai’s 1,105ft tall Torch Tower. The blaze is thought to have started at around 1am local time (10pm BST) before shooting up one side of the 86-storey building.
Footage captured from the scene shows the flames illuminating the night’s sky with debris cascading down onto the streets below.
As the tower burned many gathered below to watch the fire engulf it. One witness, John O’Nolan, filmed the scene from across the marina: “Fire in Dubai marina getting bigger and spreading up building. Lot of debris. Can’t tell which tower it is. Not many sirens.”
He wrote that a second fire also began at the base of the tower as falling debris set nearby, smaller buildings alight.
“Power has been cut to surrounding buildings now. Fire at top seems to have moved to the inside, while lower floors still blazing”, he added “Disconcerting: still no audible sirens. We are only a few hundred metres away
According to Mr O’Nolan the fire is still burning at the time of writing with “at least 15 floors in the centre still alight” but it has “diminished somewhat”.
A spokesman for Dubai Police told Gulf News that the fire broke out on the 9th floor and spread upwards. He said: “It’s big fire started on 9th floor. Civil defence and police in the scene now to control the fire.”
The Dubai Civil Defence force tweeted to say they were at the scene and had managed to evacuate everyone from the building safely. No one has been reported hurt.
The building, which is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, was first opened in 2011 but caught fire in February 2015.
In 2016, the Dubai authorities granted permission for extensive repair works to undertaken to fix the cladding on the outside of the tower which was damage during the fire.