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Thousands evacuated as fire breaks out at Dubai Torch apartment skyscraper

DUBAI: Hundreds of people were evacuated from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings on Saturday when fire swept through the more than 330-metre (1,082-foot) tall skyscraper “The Torch” in Dubai, residents said.

A witness said flames shot out from two sides of the building as glass and metal rained down from near the summit of structure, which has 79 floors above ground.

Residents of two other nearby buildings in the emirates’ Marina district, home to thousands of expatriate professionals, were also evacuated, the witness said. Authorities had no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Gulf Arab trade and investment hub.Dubai torch

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