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Dubai Skyscraper Hotel Engulfed In Huge Fire

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Pictures and videos of the fire have been shared on social media.

A hotel in Dubai has been engulfed in a fire spanning multiple floors.
Most of one side of the Address Hotel, which is located near the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, is on fire.

There are currently at least four fire brigades dealing with the blaze, the Dubai government tweeted (in Arabic).
They say the fire started on the 20th floor. The cause is currently unknown.

Although the hotel is next to the city’s fireworks celebrations, no fireworks had been set off. The Address hotel is the sixth-tallest building in the city, with 63 floors at 991 feet tall. It has nearly 200 rooms and over 600 apartments.

No injuries have been reported so far.

And According to Mail Online, A fire has engulfed a Dubai hotel close to where the city is about to hold its New Year celebrations.

The Address Downtown is on fire, with the flames reaching from the ground floor up another 40 storeys of the 63 floor building.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze at the five star hotel, which is minutes from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, where the New Year’s display is due to begin at 8pm UK time.

Authorities have said the display is still going ahead.
Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. No one was injured.

The hotel chain has retweeted another message, which says: ‘A fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely #Dubai’

The fire, which is only on the outside of the building, started on the 20th floor, according to the account.

Mohammed Al Sarraf, told The National the fire was ‘raging’.

‘It’s gotten so much bigger in five minutes. It’s gone from just a small fire at the foot of the building and now it’s shooting up the middle and the top.’

The hotel is just moments from where the city was about to celebrate the start of 2016.

The city was planning on three spectacular displays, beginning at the Burj Khalifa, which organisers said was fitted with 400,000 LED lights. They said 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display.

The Downtown is just across a lake from the Burj Khalifa.

From there, the fireworks were to light up the sky around the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and later down near the Dubai Marina.

Fireworks also will be on display in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country of seven emirates.

It is the second blaze at a Dubai skyscraper this year, after the Marina Torch tower was engulfed in flames in the early hours of February 21.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from one of the world’s tallest residential buildings, as a large blaze ripped through multiple floors of the tower.

After firefighters extinguished the blaze, residents could see the external cladding on the corners of the building was charred black and mangled for dozens of floors.

Nobody was killed, but seven people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3380507/Fire-rips-Dubai-hotel-close-city-hold-New-Year-celebrations.html

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