Fire broke out on Thursday in a hotel near Dubai’s massive New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.
Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. It was not immediately clear if anyone was wounded in the blaze.
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
Dubai planned to wow spectators with three separate firework displays. The show was to begin at the Burj Khalifa, which organizers said was fitted with 400,000 LED lights. They said 1.6 tons of fireworks would be used in the display.
From there, the fireworks were to light up the sky around the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and later down near the Dubai Marina. Fireworks also will be on display in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country of seven emirates.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, who was near the hotel at the time of fire, tweeted out pictures.
I'm next to The Address in Dubai where a sudden fire enveloped the building. Started from a terrace & raced up. pic.twitter.com/p8OWF6NIW5— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) December 31, 2015
Many Twitter users who were near the building tweeted pictures.
Oh my god - fire at the Address hotel, Downtown Dubai hope everyone is safe, it's so busy out there pic.twitter.com/XZenTxojtd— Katy Bow (@KatyPBow) December 31, 2015
Fire in Dubai hotel, looks like the Address hotel pic.twitter.com/vHSWXx4zYE— AussieAck (@Albedri) December 31, 2015