Thursday, December 31, 2015

A fire has engulfed a massive hotel in downtown Dubai on New Year's Eve

A huge fire has engulfed a 63-storey hotel located in central Dubai while preparing for a New Year's Eve firework display for the year 2016.

Officials say the fire is now under control. According to reports, 16 people suffered mostly minor injures. It is still unclear what have caused the blaze.

The Dubai government tweeted that 14 people had suffered minor injuries, one moderate injuries and there was one "heart attack case" due to "overcrowding and smoke".

Irish singer Anita Williams, who was performing at the hotel when the fire began, told the BBC that people left in a "stampede". "We left everything. There was debris falling down. It [the fire] just shot up through the entire hotel. "Everybody was screaming, everybody was running... I thought: 'This is a film'."

Source:  BBC


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