Blaze Engulfs Dubai Residential Skyscraper; No Injuries Reported

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   DUBAI The Torch Tower is on fire for the second time in two years

Hundreds of residents were evacuated and shocked unlookers shared harrowing videos and images to social media.

A TOWER in the world-famous Marina in Dubai is engulfed in flames.

A massive fire that broke out at the Torch Tower in Dubai Marina early on Friday morning was put out by firefighters, with no injuries reported.

This sits in stark contrast with the fire that consumed most of the Grenfell Tower block in west London in June.

The fire was bought under control by 4am local time. Authorities say they have brought the fire under control. One of the residents, who gave his name as George, said: "We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming. It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told".

In February 2015, a blaze swallowed the building.

Building and safety experts have cited a popular type of cladding covering the buildings that can be highly flammable. That fire was reportedly started by a barbecue grill being used on one of the building's balconies.

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"You never think it's going to happen to you", said Alireza Aletomeh, a resident of the tower.

No injuries have been reported and it is not clear what caused the fire in Dubai.

The same skyscraper was devastated by fire in 2015 and the flammable cladding was blamed in part for the blaze.

Dubai is a trade, tourism and investment hub for the Gulf region, and is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Last April, a fire broke out in a residential complex under construction in the centre of Dubai. The title has since been usurped by buildings in Dubai and NY.

A huge fire ripped through another Dubai skyscraper, the 63-floor luxury hotel the Address Downtown hotel, on New Year's Eve as the years changed from 2015 to 2016, injuring 14 people.

It later lost the title to the Princess Tower - located on the same road.

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