Firefighters extinguish blaze in Dubai residential skyscraper

Torch Tower

Fire blazes out of control in a 86-storey residential building in Dubai marina.

Video posted on social media from a building across the street shows fire trucks arriving and debris covering the street.

The recent fire could revive questions about the safety of the materials used on the exterior of the Torch Tower, as well as other tall buildings across the nation.

A large fire broke out in a Dubai high-rise early Friday local time, sending flaming debris raining below and prompting an evacuation, authorities said.

Smoke and fire rise from a high rise building at Marina district in Dubai. They also shared that the fire was bad and strong at about 1:00 A.M. but it started calming down after the next two hours. "People were streaming out of the auto parks of the building".

Such cladding is not necessarily hazardous, but it can be flammable under certain circumstances and, depending on a skyscraper's design, may channel fires through windows into the interiors of buildings.

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He said his roommate grabbed their passports and that it took him more than two hours to come down the stairway because of the rush of people trying to get out at the same time. "It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told", he added.

Last month Darren Baird, a former senior fire safety officer at Greater Manchester service and the managing director of Total Fire Services, told The Guardian that nearly all residential buildings in the United Kingdom have a "stay put" policy like those in Grenfell Tower, to avoid clogging up the stairwells. The building has been evacuated.

But the incident has drawn parallels with June's devastating blaze at Grenfell Tower, whose residents were less fortunate.

A spate of similar fires in Dubai led to a new fire and safety code forcing builders "to ensure that the flammability of the cladding is as close to zero as possible".

Fires have affected several skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates. The AP says an inferno broke out at a 63-story luxury hotel on New Year's Eve in 2016.

"People still escaping torch tower Dubai", tweeted Rob Sheperd.

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