Huge Dubai skyscraper fire burns on after New Year’s Eve evacuation

Published: Friday 1st January 2016 by The News Editor

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A massive skyscraper fire in Dubai that began on New Year’s Eve has burned on into the first morning of 2016.

The blaze at the Address Downtown, one of the most upscale hotels and residences in Dubai, started at around 9.30pm local time on Thursday.

More than 12 hours later, Dubai firefighters largely watched the fire from the ground, unable at one point to use a water hose on a ladder truck.

Dubai authorities said at least 14 people were slightly injured, and one person suffered a heart attack from the smoke and overcrowding during an evacuation.

Around 1 million people had been expected to gather around the Burj Khalifa skyscraper to watch the fireworks. Dubai’s economy depends heavily on tourism.

Published: Friday 1st January 2016 by The News Editor

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