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High-rise building bursts into tower inferno on New Years Eve in Dubai

January 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High-rise building bursts into tower inferno on New Years Eve in Dubai

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A towering inferno injured 14 people in Dubai just two hours before midnight in a five-star hotel, in the area where a massive fireworks display was being prepared.

The five-star hotel is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. At least one person suffered a heart attack from the smoke and over-crowding during evacuation, and 14 suffered minor injuries.

Organizers said the Burj Khalifa had been fitted with 400,000 LED lights and 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display.

Flames and smoke billowed from the blaze and explosions were heard at the 63-story, five-star downtown Address hotel, and burning debris rained down from the building as firefighters raced to the scene.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside

Authorities said the fire appeared to have originated on a 20th floor terrace.

At least 14 people were injured.

The government said on its Twitter feed that civil defense teams and staff were evacuating the hotel, which opened in 2008 and has 196 rooms starting at about $500 a night and 626 apartments serviced by the hotel staff.

Maha Abouelnebin, who lives in Dubai, told CNN she was with her family having dinner in the hotel at 9:30 p.m. and saw what appeared to be a low flame and thought maybe someone was cooking something.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fire, which is said to be confined to the outside

Then she said she realized, “Oh my God … that’s a fire. … We decided we needed to get out of there.”

She praised the staff for an orderly evacuation.

“They got us out calmly… quickly. We were impressed with how easy we got out of there,” she said.

The hotel boasts eight restaurants, including the 63rd-floor panoramic sky lounge called Neos.

Dubai wowed spectators with three separate firework displays including 1.6 tons of pyrotechnics.

The show began at the Burj Khalifa, which organizers said was fitted with 400,000 LED lights.

The Address hotel is 991 feet tall — the sixth-tallest building in the city, and the 36th-tallest in the world.

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