Fire erupts in Dubai residential high rise

2017-08-06 15:29
Emirati authorities close down the road in front of the Tiger Tower. (Basel Radwan, AP)

Emirati authorities close down the road in front of the Tiger Tower. (Basel Radwan, AP)

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WATCH: Fire rips through Torch Tower in Dubai

2017-08-04 17:13

Dubai's Torch Tower catches on fire for the second time. The Tower located in Dubai's business hub is home to locals and expat British nationals. WATCH

Dubai - A fire erupted in a residential high rise in Dubai on Sunday, authorities said, days after a blaze tore through a tower across the street.

Dubai Civil Defence said Sunday it had put out the "minor fire" that broke out on a balcony in the 78-storey Tiger Tower, which opened to residents in 2010. No injuries were reported.

The building is across the street from The Torch, an 87-storey residential tower which was engulfed by a fire in the early hours of Friday, with no reports of injuries.

The Torch was also the scene of a 2015 fire that triggered a mass evacuation of surrounding buildings.

In January, Dubai announced tougher rules to minimise fire risks after a series of tower blazes in the emirate mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side of the buildings.

In the early hours of January 1, 2015, on New Year's Eve, 16 people were injured when a fire broke out in one of Dubai's luxury hotels.

In November 2015, fire engulfed three residential blocks in central Dubai and led to services on a metro line being suspended, although no one was hurt.

In just over a decade, Dubai has built dozens of futuristic skyscrapers which have transformed its skyline.

The city is home to the world's tallest building, Burj al-Khalifa, which stands 828m tall, as well as iconic palm tree-shaped, man-made luxury residential islands.

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