Dubai Torch Tower: Fire Sweeps Through One of the World’s Tallest Apartment …
Security guards inside one of the world’s tallest residential towers ran from apartment to apartment as fire alarms blared, calling for those inside to evacuate the building as part of it burned.
Kathryn Dickie, who lives on the 13th floor of The Torch in Dubai, told ABC News that the fire alarms began going off about 2 a.m. local time Saturday.
“The guards were pretty frantic,” she said.
Dickie said residents believed the fire began near the 51st floor of the 1,100-foot-tall tower. She ran to a friend’s apartment nearby, where they watched firefighters battle the blaze.
“You can actually see the flames being pushed out by the fire hoses,” she said.
From her friend’s apartment, Dickie saw flaming debris fall to the ground and continue smoldering. She estimated that there were at least ten fire trucks outside the tower, where about 2,000 people live.
Dickie posted a video about 4:20 a.m. local time showing the fire going out. The blaze appeared to be extinguished a few hours after it began, reports The Associated Press.
It’s unclear what caused the fire, but police on the scene had no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
Local media reports high winds caused the fire to spread rapidly.
The tower was completed in 2011 and has 79 floors above ground.
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, population 9.3 million, is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which stands 2,716.5 feet tall and more than 160 stories, according to its website.