Dubai Tower Turns Into Fiery Blaze For Second Time In Two Years

Flames were seen billowing from the side of the 79-storey 337 m-high Torch Tower at around 1am local time in the United Arab Emirates.

Video posted on social media showed a line of fire up one side of the building and falling, flaming debris.

According to BBC News, Dubai authorities say civil defence officials have successfully evacuated the building and are now working to bring the blaze under control.

The Torch Tower first went up in flames back in February 2015.

Most of Dubai's approximately 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with thermoplastic cores, UAE media have reported.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m.in the 1,100-foot skyscraper in the northern end of the densely populated Marina district, and the flames stretched dozens of floors. Hundreds of people were evacuated in 2015 from the same building when a massive fire swept through the tower.

An investigation by Torch Tower's management found that most of the damage from the 2015 fire was to the cladding.

A review of United Kingdom building regulations and fire safety is now underway.

Building and safety experts have cited a popular type of cladding covering the buildings that can be highly flammable.

Ultra modern city of 2.6 million residents, Dubai has experienced these past two years several fires spectacular that were quickly contained and there were injuries. Some of the people interviewed by journalists said it took about 10 minutes to reach the ground from the 50th floor.

This was expected to change earlier this year, after the government passed new fire safety regulations requiring the replacement of flammable cladding with a more fire-resistant alternative. But the new rules did not immediately apply to older buildings.

  • Jon Douglas