A major fire has been set in one of Dubai’s luxury hotels, not far away from the largest building in the world. Reports are the fire started on the 20th floor. This reminds me of the 70s hit movie “The Towering Inferno” when I watched it happen.
A fire engulfed The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates hours before a large New Year fireworks display was set to start nearby from the Burj Khalifa tower, the world’s largest building, witnesses said.
Witnesses said large tongues of flames shooting skywards enveloped the luxury hotel, which lies across a plaza from the Burj Khalifa, where hundreds of people were gathering to view a spectacular fireworks display due to start shortly to mark the New Year.
Here are tweets following the incident:
A fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely #Dubai
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 31, 2015
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 31, 2015
Dubai: Fire at hotel close to planned Old Year's Night fireworks display pic.twitter.com/46yKMeWwPy
— CCN TV6 (@tv6tnt) December 31, 2015
Pretty scary view of the Dubai fire from my hotel. Hope everyone is ok… pic.twitter.com/I7btrNqDI4
— Louis van Baar (@louisvanbaar) December 31, 2015
thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Dubai rn❤️ stay safe
— mandy (@EVERSINCEPHILLY) December 31, 2015
Very scary news out of Dubai! Hope everyone is safe!
— Evan Edinger (@EvanEdinger) December 31, 2015
Irish #dubai witness on sky news, says no fire alarm, people panicking and running. Sounds dreadful, suggests little organised evacuation.
— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) December 31, 2015