Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper


Fire ripped through a 75-storey Dubai apartment block on Wednesday, forcing police to evacuate the area in the latest of a series of skyscraper blazes in the Gulf state.

An AFP journalist saw burning debris fall from the facade of the Sulafa tower in Dubai Marina as the fire spread up at least 15 floors of the building.

Sirens wailed as police cordoned off the area.

Authorities said fire crews had evacuated the building and were working to contain the blaze. Dubai Civil Defence said no casualties had been reported.

Fires have hit several high-rise buildings in the United Arab Emirates, famed for its record-breaking skyscrapers.