INTERNATIONAL: Huge fire erupts at Dubai hotel, near New Year celebrations

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2015-12-31 13_42_59-Huge fire erupts at Dubai hotel, near New Year celebrationsMSN – A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel Thursday night, injuring 16 people, just a few hours before the emirate celebrated the new year with a spectacular fireworks display nearby.

The Address Downtown hotel, which is a few blocks from the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, was engulfed in flames across several floors as sirens wailed and helicopters hovered overhead, witnesses said.

Dubai’s police chief said all the residents of the five star hotel had been evacuated from the scene of the blaze, which had still not been extinguished some three hours after it broke out.

“All the residents are out,” General Khamis Matar al-Mzeima said.

“Until the fire is put out, we will not have information on what caused it,” he added

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