Large fire consumes Dubais JLT tower building

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Fire broke out in Tamweel tower in Dubai\'s JLT at about 1 am on Sunday.
Fire broke out in Tamweel tower in Dubai\'s JLT at about 1 am on Sunday.
Fire trucks rush to extinguish the blaze in JLT Tamweel tower. (Al Arabiya)
Fire trucks rush to extinguish the blaze in JLT Tamweel tower. (Al Arabiya)
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Billows of smoke were witnessed in the early hours of Sunday morning. Although the fire started at 1 a.m., a resident told a local newspaper that the fire was not doused completely until 6 a.m..

No casualties were reported, a statement from Dubai Police said, but the causes of the blaze remain to be unknown.

Police patrols and civil officials have restricted entrance to some sections of the Jumeirah Lake community Sunday morning.

Jumeirah Lake Towers is a massive development that consists of about 80 towers built or still under construction along the edges of four artificial lakes.

The blaze, however, is likely to add to calls for greater fire safety and evacuation planning in the United Arab Emirates, where hundreds of thousands of people live in high-rise buildings.

In June, hundreds of residents were evacuated safely from a 76-story tower after a fire broke out on the 36th floor. Last November, firefighters in Sharjah, north of Dubai, struggled to battle a blaze in a 25-story tower without equipment to reach the flames. The UAE is considering bans on flammable panels in high-rise buildings.

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