Dubai skyscraper on fire again in two years

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A large fire has ripped through a residential 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – for the second time in two years.

Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in the glitzy Gulf city state of Dubai early on Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years.

Authorities said no casualties were reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch, once the tallest residential development in the world.

Footage posted on social media showed flames spreading up the Torch Tower and burning debris falling to the streets.

It is not clear what caused the fire in one of the world’s tallest buildings.

The 337-metre (1,105-foot) tower was the scene of a 2015 inferno that caused extensive damage to its luxury flats and triggered an evacuation of nearby blocks in the seafront Marina neighborhood.

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