Dubai high-rise tower catches fire, days after Torch Tower blaze
:: A fire struck a high-rise tower in the Dubai’s Marina on Sunday, days after a blaze ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in the same neighborhood.
The Dubai Media Office said on Twitter that no injuries were reported in the fire at the Tiger Tower. It described the blaze as “minor” and said firefighters already had extinguished the blaze.
On Friday, a blaze hit the 86-story Torch Tower nearby. It was the second time in 2 and a half years that the more than 1,100-foot-tall tower has had a fire. The Torch, located in Dubai’s popular waterfront Marina district, also caught fire in February 2015. There were no major casualties reported in either blaze.
Firefighters say the Tiger Tower blaze began from clothing left on a balcony.
Capt. Amer Abdulwahab al-Qahtani of the Dubai Civil Defense told The Associated Press that the fire began on the 53rd floor.
He says investigators believe either an improperly disposed cigarette or the emirate’s high temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius ignited the blaze.