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Firefighters extinguished the blaze that hit Dubai's Torch Tower


Updated August 04, 2017 06:55 AM EDT

Police in Dubai reopened streets near one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers after firefighters successfully extinguished a Friday blaze, forcing residents to evacuate in the middle of night.

No injuries have been reported, but a few people were treated for smoke inhalation.

This isn't the first time the 86-story building caught fire, having done so just 2.5 years earlier.

The cause of Friday's fire wasn't immediately known, but, in the past, infernos in Dubai have been linked with highly flammable building cladding.

"You never think it's going to happen to you. I had cash in there, furniture, paintings. ... Many things that are very valuable to me."
Alireza Aletomeh, a resident of the tower

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates burst into flames Thursday when the Torch Tower in the Dubai Marina began blazing in the night sky.

Flames began racing up the 86-story building, which is a popular residence for expats living in the UAE’s largest city.

Footage of the conflagration circulating on social media shows firefighters frantically trying to stop it from spreading.

The Dubai Media Office confirmed the UAE’s Civil Defence is fighting the inferno raging at the tower.

“Firefighting squads from four Civil Defence stations have been deployed to bring the fire under control,” a spokesman said.

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced shock at the fire burning at the Torch, which is the world’s fifth largest residential building at 1,105 ft. tall.

Other people on the social media platform noted that hundreds of people evacuated the same building during a February 2015 fire.

People across multiple social media outlets ranging from Facebook to Instagram, meanwhile, shared video footage of the rare event.

Civil Defence officials told the Sun that they had “successfully evacuated” the Torch while fire fighters tried stopping the blaze.

The Sun reported that the 2015 fire at the same building was quickly brought under control, resulting in no fatalities and seven people receiving treatment for smoke inhalation.

A Dubai Police spokesperson told the Gulf News that the fire broke out on the tower’s ninth floor before spreading four floors higher.

The BBC reported that the Torch boasts 676 apartments, with a two-bedroom flat starting at more than $500,000.

Residents at the property also have access to an eight-story garage, according to the BBC, and a swimming pool which overlooks Dubai’s waterfront.

The Torch is expected to be the 32nd tallest building in the world, according to the Skyscraper Centre.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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