Flames engulf 86-story residential skyscraper in Dubai

Smoke and fire rise from a high rise building at Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. The high-rise residential tower has caught fire in the middle of the night, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and debris falling below. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai says firefighters have brought the blaze that broke out overnight in one of the world’s tallest residential towers under control.

The fire engulfed the skyscraper and sent chunks of debris plummeting below. More than 40 floors of the 86-story Torch Tower were burning on one side of the building and residents could be seen crying. Several said the fire broke out just after 1 a.m. on Friday.

Dubai’s Civil Defense announced at about 3:30 a.m. that the blaze was under control and that no injuries were reported.

It was the second time that the more than 1,100-foot-tall (335 meters) tower has been ravaged by fire. The tower, located in the popular waterfront Marina district, caught fire in February 2015. No one was reported killed in that blaze.

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