Dubai’s Torch Tower burned for several hours Tuesday night before firefighters were able to get it under control. Despite the massive fire that burned for several hours, the building did not collapse at free fall speed like the 3 WTC buildings in NYC on 9/11.
There were no casualties as residents escaped the raging inferno in just ten minutes because of the smoke-free escape routes.
Flames tore through the 1,100ft, 86 floor skyscraper leaving terrified residents fearing for their lives, reported The Sun.
“We were sleeping and we woke up to the fire alarm and people screaming. We ran down the stairs and it took us about 10 minutes to reach from the 50th floor,” a resident who gave his name as George told Reuters.
“It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 am. Then it started calming down over the next two hours.”
The fire burned in the world’s 5th largest residential towerblock last night sending panicked residents fleeing into the streets.
Shocked onlookers last night recorded the huge blaze at the 82-storey 1,105ft (337m) Torch Tower, located in the heart of the luxury Dubai Marina area.
Video taken at the scene shows the fire spreading upwards – sending burning debris spiralling down and sparking a blaze in the streets below.
One couple were left devastated after being forced to flee their burning home for the second time in two years.
Leeanne Hume, 38, and her husband Donnie, 40, fled the Torch tower in their pajamas when the building caught fire two years ago.
The couple from Scotland had to escape for a second time in the early hours after fire ripped through the tower once again.
Heartbroken Mrs Hume said: “This is horrific. We are safe but our building is horrendous, worse than last time.”
The fire started on the 63rd floor, said Dubai police commander-in-chief Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri.
“We received a report of a fire. We thank God that there were no casualties, that because of the efforts of all teams on the ground…the residents were evacuated from this building to another one and there were no injuries.”
The government said it is working on providing shelter for the ones affected by the fire.
The Sun reported a fire swept through the same building in February 2015 and its flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the flames – a chilling similarity to London’s Grenfell fire tragedy which left at least 80 people dead.
The Dubai Media Office tweeted: “Dubai Civil Defence has successfully evacuated the Torch Tower and is working to bring the fire under control.
“Firefighting squads from 4 Civil Defence stations have been deployed to bring the fire under control & ensure safety of residents.”
The building has 676 apartments and a two-bedroom flat starts at more than £381,000.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)