Tragic names: Torch at Dubai, on fire

Updated post Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at 2:11 p.m.

█ Wikipedia currently lists the tallest residential buildings in the world.

Torch, Dubai render [] 1### NZ Herald Online 1:28 PM Saturday Feb 21, 2015
Dubai skyscraper fire: Blaze rips through Torch residential building in marina district
A fire has ripped through the Torch in Dubai – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. The skyscraper, which is 336.1m (1,105ft) tall, is in the marina district of the city. The fire is believed to have started on the 50th floor and is spreading quickly, in part due to high-winds. One witness said it looked like “the Titanic going down”, reports. Terrified residents were forced to flee and emergency crews rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze which burned across several floors of the enormous structure. There were no reported injuries, officials told NBC News, but it was unclear whether all the residents had been accounted for.
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BBC News: Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper (video, with commentary by Kathryn Dickie 13th floor resident)

The Marina Torch, also known as Dubai Torch or just The Torch, is a supertall residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 79-storey Torch opened in 2011.

Wikipedia (update) —2015 fire
A fire broke out in the building on 21 February 2015 2:00 a.m. local time. Eyewitnesses stated that the fire started with a grill located on one of the building’s balconies. Although it appeared no fatalities occurred, seven people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Video footage shows structural debris falling from the burning storeys to the ground. The fire appeared to have started in the middle of the building and spread rapidly due to high winds, causing the flames to flare up, resulting in “massive problems” for the fire department and the backing up of traffic on the nearby highway for several miles. External cladding was charred from the 50th floor to the top of the tower. Eyewitnesses reported the fire starting in the middle of the tower, and falling debris setting lower levels on fire. Link

Jaime Müller Published on Feb 20, 2015
The Torch Tower On Fire . Dubai Marina . Dubai #1
[ENG] The Torch Tower is burning up in Dubai Marina!
[PTB] O Torch Tower – meu prédio vizinho – está pegando fogo!

Dubai Marina []Dubai Marina – cap of Torch showing, upper centre right []

Dubai Marina - view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 [] Dubai Marina, view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 []

The Torch Skyscraper [via BBC] was the world’s tallest residential building at its opening, but has since been surpassed by six others; it’s now thought to be the 32nd tallest building in the world, according to the Skyscraper Centre. It has 676 apartments. A two-bedroom flat starts at more than $500,000 (£325,000). Residents have access to an eight-storey garage and a swimming pool overlooking Dubai’s waterfront.

World's tallest apartment tower chronologically - 1 Dec 2011 status [via]The World’s tallest apartment tower chronologically (Dec1/2011 status) – hosted at flickr [click to enlarge]

*Note the graphic by R Braddish (above) claims The Torch has “86 floors” whereas multiple sources state it has “79 storeys”.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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3 responses to “Tragic names: Torch at Dubai, on fire

  1. Elizabeth

    Skyscraper fire Dec 31, 2015 – The Address Hotel, Dubai

    See update, video and images at

  2. Elizabeth

    ### 3 hours ago
    BBC News : Middle East
    Ajman fire: Huge blaze hits UAE residential towers
    A large fire has hit at least two residential towers in the United Arab Emirates, in the third such incident in a little more than a year. The fire struck one tower in Ajman emirate, north of Dubai, before spreading to an adjacent block. Residents were evacuated, but several have reportedly been treated for breathing problems and minor injuries.

    On New Year’s Eve, a large fire engulfed the luxury 63-storey Address Hotel in central Dubai.

    The latest fire began late on Monday in the Ajman One complex, a development of 12 towers with some 3,000 apartments. Videos posted by Ajman Police on Twitter showed flames engulfing most of one side of the tower, reaching several storeys high. An earlier video showed a large amount of burning debris falling to the ground. Most of the development’s 12 towers were not affected On Tuesday morning, Ajman civil defence said the fire had been extinguished and that teams were waiting for the building to cool down. The 2.7bn dirham (£515m; $735m) project had been due to open in 2009, but was completed years later.

    In the New Year’s Eve hotel blaze, which burned for more than 20 hours, police said 16 people were injured. Planned fireworks at the nearby Burj Khalifa went ahead despite the fire breaking out shortly before. Police said cladding used on the outside of the building did not meet safety standards. The blaze was caused by a short circuit in a spotlight, investigators said.

    In February 2015, a large fire badly damaged the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential towers in the world.
    BBC Link

  3. Elizabeth

    Latest fire at The Torch…. 4 Aug 2017
    A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning, causing the evacuation of over 600 residences and reigniting debate about the safety of materials used in high-rise buildings. This is the second fire to have broken out at Torch Tower in as many years, with an earlier blaze on 21 February 2015 also forcing its evacuation.
    The Torch tower is believed to be the 7th tallest residential skyscraper in the world – it was the tallest when it first opened in 2011 – according to the Skyscraper Centre. It has 676 apartments.
    Reports on social media suggested the fire reached the roof rapidly, with an entire side of the building engulfed in flames.

    At Twitter:


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