Massive Dubai hotel burns as fireworks proceed as scheduled

Dec 31, 2015 7:56 PM by News Staff

A massive fire broke out Thursday night at the high-end Address Hotel in downtown Dubai as new year's revelers waited for a planned fireworks celebration in the United Arab Emirates' most populous city.

Video showed flames engulfing a large section of the high-rise hotel.

Early reports from Dubai said the fire started on the 20th floor of the 63-floor structure.

the Dubai government media office says at least 14 people have sustained minor injuries from the fire.

The hotel describes itself as "the premier five-star hotel" in Dubai. it stands near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper.

Witnesses say the fire started around 9:30 p.m.

A reporter for KNBC-4 in Los Angeles, who happened to be there on vacation, shared video of himself and others being evacuated from the hotel.

However, the fire did not stop the fireworks celebration in Dubai as it went on despite the blaze.


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