Fire broke out on the 51st floor of the Marina Torch tower in Dubai in the earlier hours of yesterday.
It took more than 12 fire trucks to completely extinguish the flames several hours after the fire alarm first went off. The fire started around 2am, local Dubai time on the 52nd floor. Over 15 storeys were said to have been affected in the 86 storey skyscraper.
An eyewitness and resident on the Marina Torch told Daily Mail “I got a call from a friend saying ‘you have got to get out, the building is on fire.”
She went on to describe how she escaped. “I was rushing down the stairs but because the fire was on the lower floor, I realised I was walking into the smoke. The further down I got on the stairs, the thicker the smoke got.
“There was an elderly lady taking it one step and a time and people carrying babies. I live on the 56th floor and it took about 20 minutes to get all the way down.
“Because there was so much burning cladding coming off the side of the building, falling onto the street, we couldn’t get out.
“There was a gap in the falling cladding and I ran across the road. A piece of burning cladding fell on my shoulder. ”
Another eyewitness who also lives on the building, Melanie Parkes, said “there were huge pieces of debris falling and being carried by the wind. It was a really surreal experience, especially when we actually saw the fire outside. Mostly people were in shock and some were even crying. It looked like something out of film set.”
The Dubai authorities were reported to have responded swiftly and save the day. No deaths have been reported yet, as at the time of publishing this.