Huge fire engulfs Dubai hotel on New Year's Eve
Jan 1, Dubai: A huge fire engulfed a 63-storey hotel in central Dubai on Thursday just hours before New Year's celebrations with a number of explosions heard in and around the building.
The massive blaze quickly shot up the Address Hotel in the downtown area of the Gulf metropolis, covering nearly the entire structure and sending hundreds of people fleeing for safety, media reports said.
The fire has been brought largely under control and 16 people suffered mostly minor injures, officials said.
The blaze started on the 20th floor of the building and only affected the outside of the structure, Dubai's media office said.
It is unclear what caused the blaze, which broke out as large crowds had gathered to ring in the new year. The fire broke out at 21:30 local time.
People were asked to leave the area around the Address Downtown Hotel, which was evacuated.
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