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Huge Fire Tears Through Skyscraper In United Arab Emirates

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Huge Fire Tears Through Skyscraper In United Arab Emirates

A massive fire is currently tearing through a high-rise building in the United Arab Emirates.

The blaze, which ripped through the 48-storey in the Al Nahda area of Sharjah caused those on the ground the scream and tell others to run for their lives as they dodged debris.

It is not clear how many people were inside the Abbco Tower at the time of the fire, about 9PM local time.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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Terrifying shots from the scene of the incident show the building seemingly completely engulfed in flames, and people quickly evacuating the area.

According to Gulf News, the Sharjah Civil Defence - the emergency services departments of the city, which is 17 miles north of Dubai - managed to evacuate residents from the building after the fire broke out.

However, it is not yet known whether there have been any injuries.

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Fire crews from several areas have been called in to fight the blaze, and it is thought that several other nearby buildings could also be at risk of catching fire.

The Sharjah Civil Defence teams also told local media outlets that the blaze was first reported at 9:04PM this evening.

Crews from Mina and Al Nahda stations were rushed to the area to attempt to control the blaze. The Abbco Tower building has 47 floors, as well as a parking floor.

Residents of those nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precautionary measure to ensure their safety.

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The shops that are below the burning tower block have also been evacuated.

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Credit: Twitter

A resident told Gulf News that the inferno started on the 10th floor. They said: "It was a small fire to begin with and we came out of the building as soon as we saw it,"

Another said: "Where do we go now?"

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Several residents took refuge in their cars. As of 10:40PM (local time), residents have been reporting that the building is still on fire, but crews are battling into the night in an attempt to bring the fire under control.

One resident of a nearby building called Sahara Plaza said that she had been evacuated because of fumes and smoke blowing into that apartment block.

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Topics: World News

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