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Huge Fire Tears Through United Arab Emirates Skyscraper

This is the dramatic moment a huge fire ripped through a skyscraper in the United Arab Emirates with devastating speed.

The blaze in the city of Ajman spread up the side of the building as chunks of burning material dangerously tumbled to the ground.

Hundreds of panicked residents were evacuated as onlookers crowded nearby to watch firefighters battle to put out the flames.

Fortunately there were no reports of any casualties as nearby roads were sealed off from traffic.

The blaze comes less than three months after a massive fire raced up the exterior of the 63-storey The Address Downtown Dubai, one of Dubai’s most prominent hotels - situated next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Similar fires have struck other high-rises built since the turn of this century in Dubai and Sharjah, which sits between Dubai and Ajman.

Building and safety experts have attributed the spate of fires to a aluminium composite panel cladding - which is commonly used to cover the buildings.

Some panels used in buildings in the Emirates contain a flammable core that can burn rapidly once ignited, allowing fires to spread quickly on buildings covered top to bottom with the panels without sufficient fire breaks along the way.

It was not immediately clear if the skyscraper in the Ajman fire had that type of cladding, although images from the scene appeared to show the fire burning in a similar fashion.