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Fire engulfs high-rise in United Arab Emirates

DUBAI (AP) – A fire tore through a high-rise residential building in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) early yesterday before being brought under control, according to videos circulating online.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the blaze in Ajman, one of the seven emirates that makes up the UAE, which also includes the futuristic cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The footage showed a corner of the building engulfed in flames reaching from the ground level to the top, with debris falling to the street below.

Ajman News, a local media outlet, later reported that the fire had been brought under control. Footage on its Instagram showed the blackened exterior of the building and firefighters on the street below.

There was no immediate comment from UAE officials.

The UAE has seen a number of similar fires in recent years that have been linked to flammable cladding on many of the country’s ubiquitous high-rises.

Firefighters try to extinguish a residential tower which caught fire in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: AP