The Fire broke out as people were gathering at in Downtown Dubai for New Year's Eve festivities.

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The Fire broke out as people were gathering at in Downtown Dubai for New Year's Eve festivities.

Post by Alia-Dostiplace » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:02 pm

A huge fire has broke out at Dubai's famous The Address hotel in Downtown Dubai near Dubai Mall.
Fire engulfed a luxury building Thursday near where tens of thousands of people gathered for Dubai's massive New Year's Eve fireworks display.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building. The blaze broke out at the five-star Address Downtown, a 63-story luxury hotel and residential building.

Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. The building was evacuated, and Dubai's media office said 14 people suffered minor injuries.

Fireworks went off as the celebration started shortly after midnight while the fire continued to burn.
Dubai officials said reports suggest the blaze started outside the 20th floor of the building, but they maintain the fire has not spread inside the structure. Four squads of firefighters responded and are working to stop the fire's spread.
About 15 minutes before midnight local time, large explosions could be heard from inside the burning building. It was not clear what caused the blasts.
Officials said the fire was 90 percent contained. But shortly before midnight, flames still laced the side of the building as smoke billowed around it.

The building sits near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (905 yards).
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