A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday forcing occupants to flee their homes as burning debris showered down the sides of the 79-storey tower.
“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.
“It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 a.m. Then it started calming down over the next two hours,” he added.
Dubai’s civil defence authorities said firefighting squads put out the blaze by around 4.00 am and were cooling the 1,105 foot tall Torch tower.
So far no injuries were reported.
Firefighters and police sealed off surrounding streets, which were partially covered by dust and debris.
Another resident, whose name was Mohammed and lives on the 12th floor, said the top part caught fire first and then lower levels followed.
The government said it is working on providing shelter for affected ones.
Earlier in 2015 Hundreds of people were evacuated from the same building when a massive fire swept through the tower.