'The Torch' skyscraper catches fire in Dubai

Posted at 7:49 PM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 10:48:00-05

Several stories of the The Torch skyscraper in Dubai were engulfed in flames Friday after a fire broke out at one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

BBC reports that masonry and molten glass were seen falling from the 79-floor residential tower, which at 1,105 feet is nearly as tall as the Empire State Building. The Torch was the tallest residential building in the world when it opened in 2011, CNN reports. 

The fire was extinguished about three hours after it began. No casualties were reported, according to CNN.

Photos and videos on social media showed debris raining down from the tower:

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.