• Lexi Ponder

Dubai's torch tower goes up in flames

On Aug. 4, 2017, Marina’s Torch Tower in Dubai went up in flames for the second time in two years.

According to CNN, “the fire engulfed 30 to 40 residences. Two cars in the parking deck were set ablaze by falling debris.” Authorities are still not sure what could have caused the blaze to the tower. The Dubai Civil Defense informed that it took at least two hours of the fire burning before the firefighters even started extinguishing the building.

Around 3:40 a.m. local time, the authorities informed that everyone inside had been carefully but quickly evacuated from the building. “‘Thank God, there were no casualties because of the efforts of all teams on the ground,’ Dubai Police chief Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said,” according to the BBC. Fortunately, “there were no immediate reports of injuries,” Dubai Media Office tweeted.

The tower management company called tenants of the tower to give them three different hotel stay choices while the fire was investigated. According to the tower management company, “Our team have spent most of today on the phone to tenants to check if they are in Dubai and some of our tenants are currently on vacation and were not present in the building.”

At around 1,100 feet, the Torch Tower at one time was considered the world’s tallest tower building but “is now thought to be the 40th tallest building,” according to the Skyscraper Centre. The Torch Tower is about 80-stories high and has about 676 apartments.