Panic stirs as Dubai 78-story residential building catches fire

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A blaze was reported early Sunday in the 78-story residential building "Tiger Tower," and was quickly extinguished, said the state-run Dubai Media Offices via Twitter.
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A blaze was reported early Sunday in the 78-story residential building "Tiger Tower," and was quickly extinguished, said the state-run Dubai Media Offices via Twitter.

Panic broke out in the Dubai Marina district when a blaze was reported on a balcony in the upper floors of Tiger Tower, which happens just two days after a fire caused minor damages in the adjacent Torch Tower.

The Dubai Media Offices confirmed no injuries were reported.

Other Twitter users said residents were evacuated in plain daylight with an outdoor temperatures of above 40 degrees Celsius, but allowed to return shortly after, as civil defense extinguished the flames quickly.

Footages posted on Twitter suggest that smoke was visible seen from the street.

The Tiger Tower, also known as the Pinnacle Tower, is 280 meters high, and was completed in 2010, according to the website of the developer Tiger Group.

Last Friday, the nearby towering residential skyscraper Torch Tower caught fire, and had been "successfully evacuated" with no casualties reported, local authority said.

The Torch Tower was already a victim of a blaze back in 2015.

Fire incidents have happened several times in Dubai's high rise buildings in recent years, pushing insurance costs higher for apartments and property in general in the Gulf Arab sheikhdom. 


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