Written by Staff Writer
21 Feb, 2015 | 8:10 pm
Hundreds of people were evacuated from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings on Saturday (February 21) when a fire swept through the more than 330-metre tall skyscraper “The Torch” in Dubai.
A witness said flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the summit of structure, which has 79 floors above ground.Residents of two other nearby buildings in the emirates’ Marina district, home to thousands of expatriate professionals, were also evacuated. The 79-storey residential building was left badly charred after the fire.
Dubai’s police chief, General Khamis Mattar, said the fire appeared to be the result of an accident and he did not suspect any criminal act. He added that an investigation into its cause was under way. Mattar said four people suffered minor injuries in the incident.
At least a dozen fire trucks were dispatched to extinguish the blaze several hours after the fire alarm went off at around 2 a.m. .
Residents of The Torch were told they would not be allowed back into the building until fire officials gave approval later on Saturday. Residents of the upper floors that were most affected by the fire were told it could be days before they could return to their homes.
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