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Luxury residential tower catches fire in Dubai

One of the tallest residential buildings in the world was in flames Friday night in Dubai
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- A high-rise tower in Dubai's Marina district caught fire early Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The fire broke out in the Marina Torch tower on the northeastern end of the densely populated district, which is packed with multi-story skyscrapers.

Witness contacted by CBS News provided images of the building engulfed in flames around the 50th floor.

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At least a dozen fire trucks and police responded to the fire, which appeared to be extinguished after several hours. Authorities on the scene had no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Debris fell from the tower and cluttered nearby streets, whipped by high winds. Residents of at least one neighboring apartment tower were told to evacuate as a precaution, but they were later allowed back inside.

The Marina Torch, also known as the Dubai Torch or The Torch, is inside the Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The tower reaches 1105 feet, with 79 stories above ground. It's one of the tallest residential towers in the world.

The neighborhood is home to dozens of towering apartment blocks and hotels, many of them built over the past decade. The apartments are popular with Dubai's large number of expatriate professionals.

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