Fire crews tackle blaze in Dubai's Barsha Heights

Videos taken by nearby residents show roof of Al Meer tower ablaze

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Firefighters tackled a blaze in Dubai's Barsha Heights on Wednesday night that caused extensive damage to a residential tower.

Videos taken by nearby residents showed that the roof of a mid-rise residential building had caught fire.

Emergency crews were on the scene and a helicopter hovered overhead from about 9pm.

The fire appeared to be on the top floor and roof area of the building, which is called Al Meer Tower and is next to the Ramee Rose Hotel.

A later statement said the fire began on the 7th floor shortly before 9pm.

Dubai Media Office said the tower was evacuated before the blaze took hold, with no injuries reported as of about 11pm.

Images showed the flames quickly spread down the exterior of the building.

On Thursday morning, extensive damage to the facade of the tower was visible.

Updated: September 08, 2022, 11:27 AM