A second fire engulfs Dubai's 'Torch' skyscraper

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A second fire engulfs Dubai's 'Torch' skyscraper

A fire ripped through one of the world’s tallest residential towers in Dubai on Friday, forcing hundreds of occupants to flee the 337 metre-tall, 79-storey structure.

It’s the second blaze to sweep through the high-rise – which happens to be called the Torch tower – in just two years.

The building was evacuated, no injuries were reported, and there was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.

The incident may revive questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the world.

An investigation by the management of the Torch after its 2015 fire found that most of the damage was to the cladding, exterior panelling used for decoration or insulation.

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