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Fire engulfs a tower at a residential cluster in the northern UAE emirate of Ajman early on March 29, 2016. The fire erupted at a building in the Ajman One residential cluster of 12 towers and spread to at least one other tower, Gulf News daily reported on its website. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Fire engulfs a tower at a residential cluster in the northern UAE emirate of Ajman early on March 29, 2016. The fire erupted at a building in the Ajman One residential cluster of 12 towers and spread to at least one other tower, Gulf News daily reported on its website. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Firefighters brought under control a large fire that hit at least two residential towers in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the city civil defense said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of blazes in the country’s high-rise buildings.

The fire broke out late at night on Monday one tower in Ajman emirate, north of Dubai, before spreading to an adjacent block.

The 2.7bn dirham ($735m) project had been due to open in 2009, but was completed years later.

Local media said that five people were treated on the spot for injuries from the fire which at the Ajman One, a residential cluster of 12 towers.

Residents of towers were evacuated and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

“Civil defense teams have brought the residential tower fire under control and they are still at the scene conducting cooling off operations,” the civil defense said in a message on its Twitter account.

The civil defense made no mention of any casualties from the blaze.

A video posted online by police showed burning debris falling from the building, as police cordoned off roads leading to the site. Flames engulfed most of one side of the tower, reaching several storeys high.

It was at least the fourth major high-rise fire in the UAE in three years. Last New Year’s Eve, a blaze hit engulfed the luxury 63-storey Address Hotel in downtown hotel in Dubai; in February

last year, fire broke out at a 79-storey hotel in Dubai, and in November 2012, a 34-storey Dubai residential building was partially gutted.

In some of those cases, experts said the speed at which the fires spread may have been due to the use of flammable cladding on the buildings’ exteriors for decoration or insulation.

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