Civil defence and rescue teams have evacuated a 34 storey skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as flames take hold on a portion of the building. As yet there is no information on the cause of the blaze.
Flames engulfed part of the Tamweel residential tower at Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, during the night, reports the Washington Post. As yet there is no information on possible casualties. The blaze on Sunday scorched the exterior of the 34 storey building containing around 160 apartments and which is one of around 80 towers and high rise apartment blocks built or still under construction on Dubai’s south side.
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Fire takes hold at Tamweel residential tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Later reports from The National advised that while portions of the building were gutted, there were no immediate signs of any casualties. The blaze appeared to have been brought under control by fire crews around 6 a.m. local time this morning. As yet, the cause of the spectacular fire remains unknown.
The fire at the Jumeirah Lakes Towers is not the first towering inferno type fire in Dubai. As reported in Gulf News, five years ago a 29 storey building under construction on the Shakh Zayed Road also suffered a serious fire as the top three storeys were engulfed in flames.
A video of the earlier tower fire in building on Shakh Zayed Road, Dubai, in March 2007 is pictured below.