Massive fire in Dubai's Address Hotel, near New Year's fireworks display

Massive fire in Dubai's Address Hotel, near New Year's fireworks display

The city went ahead with its New Year's Eve fireworks displays, which started at the Burj Khalifa, just hours after the fire broke out.

One resident staying on the 15th floor of the tower, completed in 2008, told Britain's Sky News of "absolute pandemonium" as those inside realized the building was ablaze.

As fire crews arrived to put out the flames, burning debris could be seen falling to the ground, reported the BBC.

Meanwhile, teams of firefighters were working to put out a blaze that has engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel and residential building.

No children were among those injured, it said.

NICOLAS CORNET  EPA  A general view of flames and smoke billowing from the building after fire broke out at The Address Hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve
NICOLAS CORNET EPA A general view of flames and smoke billowing from the building after fire broke out at The Address Hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve

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".

"At least 14 people have been slightly injured, along with one medium injury, and a heart attack case registered due to people pushing" amid the smoke, Dubai's government media office tweeted. According to Dubai officials, the flames are under control, and New Year's Eve celebrations will continue as planned.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire.

 

 

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