Fire at Dubai’s Sulafa Tower, hundreds of people evacuated

Other News Materials 20 July 2016 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 20


A massive fire has broken out at a luxury Dubai apartment block - raining smoldering debris down on the floors and roads below, Daily Mirror reports.

Firefighters are battling the blaze at the 75-storey Sulafa Tower in the Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates, with hundreds of people reportedly evacuated from the block.

And they are understood to have told witnesses on the scene that they are unlikely to regain control of the fire as strong winds help whip up the flames.

Videos posted online appear to show a huge section of the building - possibly as much as two thirds of the block - engulfed by flames.

Debris could be seen falling from the skyscraper, a popular home for ex-pats, which is 285m tall - making it the 23rd tallest building in Dubai and 127th tallest in the world.

It is just a walk away from the famous Palm Jumeirah artificial archipelago.

Time Out Dubai said the fire is believed to have started on Sulafa Tower's 35th floor.

It said debris had landed on balconies on the lower floors, which then helped the fire spread.