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Huge Blaze Hits UAE Residential Towers In Ajman

Two Emirati officials as a fire spreads up the side of the watch a high-rise building in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, early Tuesday, March 29, 2016. Photo: AP

The fire has hit at least two residential towers in the United Arab Emirates, in the third such incident in a little more than a year.

The fire hit one tower in Ajman emirate, north of Dubai, before spreading to an adjacent block.

Residents were emptied, but reportedly several have been treated for breathing problems and minor injuries.

On New Year’s Eve, a large fire engulfed the luxury 63-storey Address Hotel in central Dubai.

The latest fire began late on Monday in the Ajman One complex, a development of 12 towers with some 3,000 apartments.

Ajman police posted video on Twitter showed flames engulfing most of one side of the tower, reaching several stories high.

The video showed a large amount of burning debris falling to the ground.

Government officials were reached in sight soon after the fire began.

Towers In Ajman

Reported most of the development’s 12 towers were not affected

Towers In Ajman fire

On Tuesday morning, the fire had been extinguished, and that teams were waiting for the building to cool down, Ajman civil defence said.

In 2009, the 2.7bn dirham (£515m; $735m) project had been open but was completed years later.

In the New Year’s Eve hotel blaze, which burned for more than 20 hours, 16 people were injured police said. Planned fireworks at the nearby Burj Khalifa went ahead despite the fire breaking out shortly before.

Cladding used on the outside of the building did not meet safety standards, Police said.

Investigators said the blaze was caused by a short circuit in a spotlight.

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