Blaze rips through 40 floors of Dubai's Torch tower

NCThe 79-storey Torch Tower in the United Arab Emirates on fire

A fire has ripped through one of Dubai's tallest towers, the Dubai Marina Torch.

Burning debris can be seen falling from the Torch Tower in videos uploaded to social media by shocked onlookers.

A government media spokesperson said the building had been successfully evacuated, and no injuries had been reported so far.

The Torch Tower fire comes less than two months after the devastating fire - thought to be exacerbated by the type of cladding used to insulate the building - at Grenfell Tower in the United Kingdom in which more than 80 people lost their lives.

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Dubai's Civil Defense announced at about 3:30 am local time that firefighters had brought the blaze under control.

Following the Grenfell disaster, fire safety tests were ordered on aluminium composite cladding systems used on towers throughout the UK. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1am.

An Associated Press journalist near the scene said the fire was visible from outside on one side of the building. "It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told". Hundreds of people were evacuated in 2015 from the same building when a massive fire swept through the tower.

"People still escaping torch tower Dubai. building is well ablaze. looks worse than 2015 fire", Rob Sheperd tweeted. Numerous tower's residents are European expats.

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Ultra modern city of 2.6 million residents, Dubai has experienced these past two years several fires spectacular that were quickly contained and there were injuries.

Witness John O'Nolan wrote on Twitter: "Fire in Dubai marina getting bigger and spreading up building".

The latest incident follows a string of fires across skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates over the past three years and is likely to revive questions over the safety of building materials fitted to high rise buildings.

Last April, a fire broke out in a residential complex under construction in the centre of Dubai. The AP says an inferno broke out at a 63-story luxury hotel on New Year's Eve in 2016.

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