A huge fire gripped a skyscraper in Dubai Marina this evening sending flames and burning debris tumbling from the sky.
Terrifying footage shows the fire quickly engulf the Torch tower, 1,105 ft tall, as the fire shoots up the side of the building in cosmopolitan United Arab Emirates.
In only a couple of minutes, the fire had taken over one side of the 86-storey high building after breaking out near the top just before 1 am local time.
Debris fell from the building, sparkling another blaze in the streets below and at the base as terrified bystanders watched.
The Dubai Media Office confirmed that the building had been ‘successfully evacuated’ but did not clarify whether there have been casualties from the fire or none.
The tower happens to be one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was also hit by a fire in 2015.
Witness John O’ Nolan filmed the fire from across the marina. He wrote a running updates on Twitter: “Massive fire just started in the skyscraper opposite us in Dubai Marina. Fire in Dubai marina getting bigger and spreading up building. Lots of debris. Can’t tell which tower it is. Not many sirens. 2nd fire now started at base of tower- growing very rapidly.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Massive fire just started in the skyscraper opposite us in Dubai Marina :/ <a href="https://t.co/yUj3ufvtWa">pic.twitter.com/yUj3ufvtWa</a></p>— John O'Nolan @ (@JohnONolan) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnONolan/status/893213712676528128">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
He also wrote:”Power has been cut to surrounding buildings now. Fire at top seems to have moved to the inside, while lower floors still blazing.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Power now cut for majority of the north side of Dubai Marina. Only emergency lighting on in most buildings.</p>— John O'Nolan @ (@JohnONolan) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnONolan/status/893245247706329088">August 3, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
People took to Twitter to express their shock and share their footage of the fire. The Dubai Civil Defense also released a statement online: “Firefighting teams in the civil defense in Dubai are currently dealing with a fire incident in one of the towers in the Marina area. Four centers were moved to control the incident and limit its spread.”