Early reports said that at least 16 people were injured in a fire that gutted through a luxury hotel near Dubai’s tallest tower on Thursday evening just hours ahead of the New Year Eve celebrations, a government spokesman said.
“At least 14 people have been slightly injured, along with one injury, and a heart attack case registered due to people pushing” amid the smoke, Dubai’s government media office tweeted.
The Address Hotel in Dubai, right outside the Burj Khalifa is on fire. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected pic.twitter.com/B3OIl8q7CV
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A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel on Thursday near the world’s tallest tower, where people were gathering to watch New Year’s Eve celebrations, authorities said.
The Dubai government media office tweeted that a “fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely”.
The 63-storey building was engulfed in flames across several storeys as sirens wailed and helicopters hovered overhead, according to witnesses.
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