An investigation by the management of the Torch after its 2015 fire found that most of the damage was to the cladding, exterior panelling used for decoration or insulation.
An eyewitness told Fox News that scores of panicked residents could be seen in their pajamas seated on the pavement watching as flames engulfed the building on the side facing the water.
Fire crews are reportedly on the scene, working to get people out. "It has taken 10 minutes to reach the ground from the 50th floor". As per the reports, nearly one side of the 40 floors alighted.
The United Arab Emirates issued new fire safety rules earlier this year that requires buildings with flammable cladding to be retrofitted with fire-resistant panels.
"Looks worse than 2015 fire", Sheperd said. Authorities have previously acknowledged that at least 30,000 buildings across the UAE have cladding or paneling that safety experts have said accelerates the rapid spread of fires.
This blaze follows fires that erupted at a Dubai luxury hotel on New Year's Day in 2015 and a blaze that took over three residential blocks in the middle of Dubai in November 2015, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire in London.
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