Massive fire rips through Dubai's Torch Tower

BREAKING NEWS: Dubai's record-breaking 1100ft Torch Tower 'full of expats' bursts into horrific flames in chilling echo

Fires have affected several skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates in recent years, including one that engulfed a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve in 2016.

Footage from the fire shows flaming debris falling from the building, in scenes hauntingly reminiscent of the fire at Grenfell Tower which killed more than 80 people. At the Marina Torch Tower Massive Flames Engulfs 86 Storey Skyscraper In UAE.

There are so far no reports of injuries.

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"No injuries have been reported", reported the Dubai Media Office. The fire started around 1 a.m., when many people inside were asleep.

The Dubai Civil Defence confirmed on Twitter that the blaze broke out at the Torch Tower early Friday morning.

Torch Tower was briefly the world's tallest residential building when it completed in 2011, but was surpassed by skyscrapers including the 426-metre Marina 101, the 414-metre Princess Tower and the 392-metre 23 Marina. "It has taken 10 minutes to reach the ground from the 50th floor".

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The new fire code is reported to be almost twice the length of the previous document, at nearly 1,400 pages. After the initial fire was put out, it went ablaze again at half past midnight.

Last April, a fire broke out in a residential complex under construction in the centre of Dubai.

It was not yet clear what started the fire but Dubai's civil defence authorities said firefighting squads were able to extinguish the blaze around 4am local time and were cooling the building. However, these new rules did not immediately apply to older buildings, reports said.

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But they did not result in fatalities because the design and construction of the buildings allowed firefighters to battle the blaze and residents to evacuate via smoke-free, fire-free safety zones, the group says.

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