Friday, February 20, 2015

The Torch's Fire

It was bound to happen, with the name it was give, but The Torch is on fire

A fire erupted early Saturday morning, February 21, 2015, at the Marina Torch in Dubai, the 79-floor skyscrapper that is among the world's tallest residential buildings. According to a report in the English-language Gulf News, thousands were evacuated from the building but high winds hindered firefighters' initial efforts to contain the blaze. It has since been extinguished, according to local witnesses.

There are no reported injuries but the fire was fueled by windy conditions and had engulfed between 10 and 15 floors of the more than 1,100-foot-tall tower, named The Torch.

Designed by award winning architects Khatib and Alami, The Torch rises 351 metres (1152 feet) into the Dubai sky. The tower has 86 floors containing a total of 676 apartments along with a gym, a sauna, a steam room and an eight level garage.

The Marina Torch, also known as Dubai Torch or just The Torch, is a supertall residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower became the tallest residential building in the world in 2011, surpassing Q1, in Gold Coast, Australia. The tower reaches 336.1 m (1105 ft) in height with 79 floors above ground.


SJ Reidhead said...

Am I remembering correctly that you have done some research about certain iconic edifices and the disasters which befall them?

Matthew Deagle said...

„It is a thought far from comforting to the present generation,
that 500 years of Dark Ages are likely to be upon us.
But if the analogy holds, that is the case.
Fortunately to-day we have brighter torches and more torch-bearers.“
- Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth, commentary on Atu XX the ├ćon