Security guards inside one of the world's tallest residential towers ran from apartment to apartment as fire alarms blared, calling for those inside to evacuate the building as part of it burned.
Kathryn Dickie, who lives on the 13th floor of The Torch in Dubai, told ABC News that the fire alarms began going off about 2 a.m. local time Saturday.
"The guards were pretty frantic," she said.
It's a very bad night for me, I have been evacuated from my apartment building. It's on fire. #nowords I am safe, grabbed my phones and got out its after 2am. I am at a friends apartment now who lives down the street, hence the views of it going up in flames. My apartment is on a much lower level - it's 86 stories - I think fire is on 45 and up #thinkiamhomeless #prayeveryonegotout
Dickie said residents believed the fire began near the 51st floor of the 1,100-foot-tall tower. She ran to a friend's apartment nearby, where they watched firefighters battle the blaze.
"You can actually see the flames being pushed out by the fire hoses," she said.
From her friend's apartment, Dickie saw flaming debris fall to the ground and continue smoldering. She estimated that there were at least ten fire trucks outside the tower, where about 2,000 people live.
Dickie, from Australia, said she has lived in Dubai for about one-and-a-half years, where she does business development for a law firm.
Dickie posted a video about 4:20 a.m. local time showing the fire going out. The blaze appeared to be extinguished a few hours after it began, reports The Associated Press.
Dubai's police chief, Maj. Gen. Khamis Mattar al-Muzeina, said that firefighters put out the blaze before it caused serious damage.
A number of people who suffered minor injuries were treated by ambulance crews at the tower, he said.
Update on #torchtower #torchtowerfire The fire is out and the sun is up, though there is a lot of smoke or fog around. There is a huge amount of damage to the apartments in the side of the building where the fire climbed from balcony to balcony. I believe at this stage my apartment is ok as it was much lower but it is hard to know if the building sprinklers went off or if the flaming debris came into my balcony as unfortunately my balcony doors were only closed by their screen and not the glass doors. The guards in our buildings are #Heros for getting everyone out without injury. I am grateful to have a friend to stay with and a roof over my head right now #crazyday #mydubai I have been interviewed on ABC news in USA if you want the full story and by BBC in UK http://abcnews.go.com/International/dubai-torch-tower-ablaze-dramatic-video/story?id=29117236
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
The tower was completed in 2011 and has 79 floors above ground.
Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, population 9.3 million, is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which stands 2,716.5 feet tall and more than 160 stories, according to its website.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.