A towering inferno at one of Dubai's "mega"-rises lit up the night and sent residents scrambling for safety. Flames quickly swept through the skyscraper. As Teri Okita reports from London, it's not the first time the building has caught on fire.
The fire broke out just before one in-the-morning Friday at "torch tower". One of the tallest residential buildings in the world.
People across the city could see flames shooting up across dozens of floors, and chunks of debris plummeting hundreds of feet to the ground.
The cause is still under investigation, but Dubai’s police chief says authorities know it started on the 63rd floor.
"The residents were evacuated from this building to another one", he says, "and there were no injuries".
Many residents were asleep at the time, so building employees went knocking door-to-door and activated emergency sprinklers.
This is the second time the 86-story torch tower has caught fire in just over two years. Flames also engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel in Dubai in 2016. Safety experts blame the spread of the blazes on a highly-flammable material that covered the buildings. Torch tower's siding was replaced last year. Friday's scene was reminiscent of a London high-rise fire in June . At an apartment complex that used dangerous coating. At least 80-people died at Grenfell tower. forcing the British government to institute changes.
Earlier this year, Dubai enforced new codes that require building owners to replace questionable siding with more fire-resistant material.