Tamil Diplomat

Hundreds evacuated after fire in Dubai skyscraper

Hundreds of people in Dubai were evacuated from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings on Saturday when a blaze swept through the Torch, a 79-storey skyscraper.

dubai’s police chief, General Khamis Mattar, said the fire appeared to have been caused by an accident rather than a criminal act.

An investigation has been opened to determine the exact cause of the blaze, which left four people with minor injuries.

Dozens of firefighters were able to extinguish the fire several hours after the alarm was raised about 2am local time.

However, some residents said they had been told by staff that the building’s fire alarms did not immediately sound and that reception staff at the Torch were alerted to the fire by people in an adjacent building.

“[The Torch receptionists] got a call from Princess Tower telling them the building was on fire. The alarms were not operating automatically,” said Archibald Jurdi, a resident of the 76th floor.A witness said flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from close to the top of the 330m (1,082 ft) structure.