Fire fighters on Thursday night battled a massive blaze that engulfed a luxury hotel in Dubai amidst New Year’s Eve festivities.
According to reports flames engulfed a large section of the high-end Address Hotel soon after the
blaze began around 9:30 p.m.
Hours later, dark plumes of smoke billowed from the building, as the fire still appeared to be searing several stories.
The CNN quoted witnesses as saying that they heard explosions, as the fire raged.
Early reports from Dubai authorities said the fire started on the 20th floor of the 63-floor hotel.
Evacuation of people from the area began minutes after the flame was noticed.
The CNN also quoted the Dubai government’s media office as saying that at least 14 people sustained minor injuries from the fire.
Despite the fire outbreak, the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve festivities in the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city went ahead as planned.
Cheering crowds of onlookers watched as bursts of colour filled the sky.