A huge fire accident occurred in a luxury Dubai hotel and the incident injured 16 people, just a few hour back the emirate celebrate the New Year with a amazing firework display nearby.
The Address Downtown hotel is a few blocks far from the iconic Burj Khalifa.
Dubai’s police officials said that all the residents of the five-star hotel had been cleared from the scene of the fire, the reason which was unknown and which had still not been destroy some four hours after it broke out.
General Khamis Matar al-Mzeima said that all the residents are out and until the fire is put out, we will not have information on what caused it.
According to media office at least 14 people have been slightly injured, along with one medium injury, and a heart attack case registered due to people pushing.
AFP (Agence France-Presse) revealed that they got one witness Raphael Slama said that the fire started at around 9:30 pm (1730 GMT) and rapidly spread upwards across dozens of floors.
One of AFP photographer at the scene explain that it began in the middle of the hotel, then went down like lightning before shooting up again and People in the area began to run in panic to get away from the area. An Indian resident in Dubai who was near the hotel with his wife explain to AFP that they saw fire coming out of the top storey two hours before midnight and people began screaming and running away from the hotel. Mohammed al-Majed a Saudi tourist was at the restaurant around a kilometer away. It was mainly concentrated in the middle of the building.
A video spread on social media showed anxious shoppers at the huge nearby Dubai Mall as they rushed to get out, with a woman shouting: “Folks don’t run… don’t panic”.
Another witness who asked not to be named and was near the hotel area told AFP that New Year’s Eve event organizers and security personnel “started panicking and were screaming and ushering people” into the nearby Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping centers.
“Half an hour later, they told us to get out of the mall because they were closing it down.