Massive fire at Dubai skyscraper interrupts New Year’s Eve fireworks

One person suffers heart attack and 17 injured as fuel shoots up high-rise inn building in city centre

A massive fuel which engulfed part of a indulgence inn in Dubai, near where revellers had gathered to watch a New Years Eve fireworks parade, has been brought under control without any fatalities.

The inferno lighted up the side of the Address Downtown hotel near the center of the city, scattering bystanders and buyers in a nearby plaza.

The Dubai government said one person had a heart attack as a result of the smoke and the move to get out of the building. One party was described as being moderately injured and 16 people were said to have suffered minor injuries.


Smoke billows from the Address Downtown hotel near the Burj Khalifa. Photo: Karim Sahib/ AFP/ Getty Images

A large fireworks expose eventually get onward at “the worlds” tallest tower in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa, in front of tens of thousands of people while plumes of cigarette continued to billow from the nearby fire.

It took four hours for firefighters to put out the fire.


Smoke spreads across Dubai from the inn fervor. Photo: Nicolas Cornet/ EPA

Maj Gen Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai civil defense, reportedly told the television channel Al Arabiya earlier: There are no harms, thank God … Of trend, it will not affect the celebration.

The Dubai police said the inferno started on the 20 th flooring of the building, which is also a residential address. Footage taken a number of watches and uploaded to the internet appearances gigantic flares rapidly climbing the inns exterior from what appeared to be a terrace or balcony.

The ignites appeared to have risen to near the highest level of the building within seconds. More than an hour after the barrage started, it still appeared to be out of control.

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Burning debris rained down from the building as fire engine hastened to the scene.

Witnesses supposed hotel staff and fuel gangs had evacuated all guests. The emptying was aided by the fact that the fire did not immediately penetrate the building, the flares instead feeding off the the outside of the 63 -storey structure.

Survivors of the flame said they were ushered out via burn stairs. We were subsequently evidenced where to leave, did David Moran, a Dubai-based industrialist who was dining in the hotel. They were very good. They knew their jobs and beings escaped without panic.

Another witness told Dubai television of a subdue to go out formerly guests realised the extent of the fire. They evacuated us into a shopping center, he mentioned. There were so many beings running.


Kenneth Flynn told Sky News about his flee from the burning building.

We had some dinner at about nine oclock or 8.45 pm. We ordered one alcohol and the two partners observed something falling from the building. She replied Whats that? and I answered I dont know but Ill have a search. By the time I moved out the whole build was just ablaze. It was fantastic. By the time I came back in I had lost her because the whole lieu was in anxiety. Parties were vanquishing each other trying to get out and get down the stairwell.

Ive never knowledge anything like it, it was surreal.

The heat was so intense outside it was unbelievable. Then it was panic stations. People started to panic, suppressing one another trying to get downstairs and start over railings.

I couldnt speculate how fast it actually happened. And you know what? There was actually no fire alarm. I could listen no smoke alarm get off.

Asked how people acted, he pronounced: The question was with human error and panic. Everyone was beginning to anxiety. I am not going to say I didnt panic myself. I was utterly panicked to be honest. The hot was staggering. Specially when I lost her[ his partner] for a few minutes but I managed to find her and we got out.

The hotel stands on a street in downtown Dubai near the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the worlds largest shopping mall. The province is one of the websites for the annual New Years Eve fireworks display, which is one of the largest in the world.

Last year, Dubai broke the world record for the most significant fireworks display on New Years Eve, releasing 479,651 shells during the midnight pyrotechnic show.

Dubais flashing skyline has pictured two same fuels in recent years. Many of the citys buildings have floorings well out of reach of conventional firefighting paraphernalium and will vary depending on advanced sprinkler systems and other burn retardants.

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