Dubai’s Torch Tower Catches Fire — Again

DUBAI — A blaze tore through Dubai’s Torch Tower for the second time in two years as firefighters frantically worked to save the 84-story building.

The Dubai Civil Defense said the fire burned for at least two hours early Friday before firefighters started cooling the building.

Firefighters battle a blaze at the 79-story Torch tower near Dubai Marina, the Dubai Media Office said early Friday, August 4, 2017.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

Video posted on social media showed fire on one side of the building and falling, flaming debris. The Torch Tower is near Dubai Marina.

Witness Samer Fathallah told CNN the fire engulfed 30 to 40 residences. Two cars in the parking deck were set ablaze by falling debris, he said.

Firefighters fought the fire from inside the building, and the crowd gathered 500 meters away could see water shooting out of the affected units.

Video posted on social media from a building across the street shows fire trucks arriving and debris covering the street. The flames in the video appear to shoot out of parts of the buildings on the middle floors.

Firefighters battle a blaze at the 79-story Torch tower near Dubai Marina, the Dubai Media Office said early Friday, August 4, 2017.

Tragedy strikes again

The Torch was the site of a massive fire in February 2015.

The fire engulfed several floors on at least three sides of the iconic building. There were no deaths or injuries, and it was extinguished three hours after it began, the Civil Defense Office said.

The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, when many people were out enjoying the nightlife in unseasonably warm temperatures.

Hundreds of people, many of whom were evacuated residents, were in the street while crews worked on the scene.

The cause of the 2015 fire is unknown.

Firefighters battle a blaze at the 79-story Torch tower near Dubai Marina, the Dubai Media Office said early Friday, August 4, 2017.

The Torch was the world’s tallest residential tower when it was completed in 2011, according to the building’s developer, Select Group. It contains 682 residential units with 24-hour security and concierge, and six retail spaces. It has 84 floors, the developer’s website says.