Residential skyscraper in Dubai catches fire in dense area

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A residential skyscraper in Dubai has caught fire in the densely populated Marina district, sending plumes of smoke into the air.

Pieces of the building's facade have been falling off and tumbling below as the blaze engulfed the Sulafa Tower on Wednesday. The fire appears to have started on the upper floors and quickly spread to other floors and the sides of the building.

Nora Maki, who lives across the street, says the flames "spread like wildfire" but that firefighters "did an amazing job" of getting it under control.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It's the latest in a number of skyscraper fires across the United Arab Emirates in recent months. The most prominent was a New Year's inferno at a 63-story residence near the world's tallest tower.