Dubai Marina high-rise tower catches fire just days after major blaze nearby

Fire began on clothes left on balcony on tower's 53rd floor

Samuel Osborne
Sunday 06 August 2017 09:20 BST
Aftermath of blaze at Dubai's 1,100 ft high Torch Tower

A fire has struck another high-rise tower in the Dubai Marina, just days after a blaze struck one of the world's tallest residential towers in the same neighbourhood.

Authorities quickly extinguished the fire at the Tiger Tower and said it injured no one.

But the blaze rattled nerves after a massive blaze broke out at the nearby 86-story Torch Tower.

The fire began on clothes left on a balcony on the tower's 53rd floor, said Captain Amer Abdulwahab al-Qahtani of the Dubai Civil Defense.

He said investigators believe either an improperly disposed cigarette or the sheikhdom's high temperatures of 43°C ignited the blaze.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, Mr Qahtani said.

The Dubai Media Office, a government agency, said the flames caused no injuries.

Last Friday, an inferno hit the nearby Torch Tower.

It was the second time in two years the more than 1,100-foot-tall (335 meters) tower has been ravaged by 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.

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