Torch tower blaze:475 residents evacuated after fire starts on 26th floor

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A huge fire has broken out at Dubai's Torch tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world.

Burning debris also fell into the street, showering parked vehicles and causing smaller fires.

In fact, it was not the first time for the Torch to be on fire.

The Dubai Media Office also tweeted: "Dubai Police Commander in Chief & Dubai Civil Defence Director General are on site following measures to control the fire at the Torch Tower".

The tragic June inferno in London prompted Britain to order more thorough testing on the cladding systems of its towers.

The fire was bought under control by 4am local time. It is unclear how the fire started.

The Torch Tower was damaged by an earlier blaze in 2015, which resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of people.

It was completed in 2011 - just two years before the United Arab Emirates revised its building safety regulations to require all new builds over 15 metres to have fire-resistant cladding.

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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.

"I have a friend who is out of town who said I can stay at his place".

In a press release, the civil defense said it had been alerted by the fire at about 1: 00 in the morning.

The same skyscraper was devastated by fire in 2015 and the flammable cladding was blamed in part for the blaze.

The tower is the 5th tallest residential building in the world.

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

Flammable claddings are said to have contributed to at least three other skyscraper fires in Dubai.