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Towering inferno: fatal fire engulfs luxury hotel and apartment block in Dubai

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Towering inferno: fatal fire engulfs luxury hotel and apartment block in Dubai
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A massive fire has broken out in a high-rise apartment building and hotel in central Dubai, close to the world’s highest skyscraper the Burj Khalifia.

Burning debris could be seen cascading down from the 300 meter high, 63-storey structure,known as The Address Downtown Dubai.

Authorities say the building has been evacuated and the fire is under control, one person is confirmed dead and over a dozen injured.

According to witnesses the entire building was swamped in flames.


It is unclear what caused the blaze.

Thousands of extra security personnel were already in position ahead of a spectacular New Years fireworks display.

Despite the huge blaze officials decided to go ahead with the pyrotechnics .

As many as two million people were expected to attend the festivities.

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