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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 November 2018

Flat where Dubai Marina Torch fire started identified

Police have said that the February 21 fire in The Torch residential building in Dubai Marina started in the flat of a British airline cabin crew member.

DUBAI // Police have said that the February 21 fire in The Torch residential building in Dubai Marina started in the flat of a British airline cabin crew member.

Dubai Police’s Maj Gen Khalil Al Mansouri said that the fire started in an apartment on the 51st floor of the building and that the Briton had been questioned as part of routine investigations but not detained.

No criminal activity is suspected. The man was at the apartment with his wife at the time.

The fire at The Torch, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, sent bright yellow flames several storeys high and led to hundreds being moved to safety.

The fire is thought to have started at about 2am and spread quickly up to the 79th floor aided by strong winds.

Dubai Civil Defence said there were no serious injuries but seven people suffered from mild smoke inhalation, and were treated on the scene.

Residents of at least one neighbouring tower were told to leave as a precaution because of strong winds, but they were later allowed back inside.

dmoukhallati@thenational.ae