Dubai's Torch Tower catches fire - again

Dubai Torch Tower hit by fire again

Burning debris also fell into the street, showering parked vehicles and causing smaller fires.

According to media reports, the building was "successfully evacuated" and the fire has been brought under control.

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.

In both incidents, it appears fire alarms alerted residents and building staff knocked on doors to ensure a quick evacuation.

Firefighters from four Civil Defence stations are at the Torch Tower in Dubai's popular Marina neighbourhood.

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

The Emirate changed its building regulations as a result, making illegal the external cladding that is thought to exacerbate fires. They said we may be able to get back into the building at 7.30pm tonight, but that looks doubtful.

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"It's big fire started on 9th floor".

In February 2015, fire engulfed the three sides of the exterior of the building.

Authorities indicated that they would do a thorough investigation of which materials are being used to construct tall buildings in order to evaluate the safety of residential skyscrapers and prevent another large scale fire from erupting.

The UAE revised its building safety code in 2013 to require cladding on all new buildings over 15 meters (50 feet) tall be fire-resistant, but older buildings are exempt.

The cause of the Dubai fire is not now known, but flammable cladding was determined to be the cause of the 2015 fire at the site, says the BBC Today Programme.

The government said it was working on providing shelter for those affected by the fire.

The Torch Tower is the fifth tallest residential building in the world and stands at more than 330 metres (1,105 ft). In that blaze, as in others in Dubai in recent years, residents escaped without major injury.

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