Fire Erupts At Building In Downtown Dubai

Fire has broken out on Thursday night in a hotel close to the World's tallest skyscraper Burj khalifa in Dubai.

Dubai's government said there had been 14 minor injuries, one person was moderately injured and another suffered a heart attack due to overcrowding and smoke at the site. No children were among those injured, it said.

Officials said they will continue with the scheduled fireworks display.

The Address hotel describes itself as "the premier five-star hotel" in Dubai.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, but it is reported to have covered at least 20 stories of the Address Downtown Hotel. The Address is a 991 foot-tall (302-meter) skyscraper that has 626 luxury apartments and 196 hotel rooms, according to Skyscraper Center, which tracks such buildings.

The fire broke out about two hours before the midnight fireworks display was set to begin.

Director General of Civil Defence in Dubai, Major General Rashid Al Matrooshi confirmed to Arabic daily "Al Bayan" that the fire "broke out only in the external interface and the majority of the fire did not make it to the inside".

Crowds gathering to watch the display have been asked the leave.

"The alarms went off when the building was already properly on fire", he said. The building is located near the New Year's Eve fireworks display, RT reported.

"You feel sad for the people inside..." All three buildings overlook the Dubai Mall and fountains, the focal point for the emirate's New Year's celebrations. "We don't know the reason it happened yet", she added.

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