31 Dec '15, 6pm

Fire engulfs Dubai hotel near world's tallest building

DUBAI (Reuters) - Fire engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper in downtown Dubai on Thursday night, but there appeared to be no injuries, a civil defence official said. Large tongues of flame shooting skywards enveloped the luxury hotel and residential block, which lies across a plaza from the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, where people were gathering for a spectacular fireworks display due to mark the start of the New Year. "There are no injuries, thank God," Major General Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai Civil Defence, told the the pan-Arab television channel Al Arabiya. He said the festivities would go ahead despite the fire, saying: "Of course, it will not affect the celebration." The Dubai government's media office tweeted that civil defence teams were working to evacuate the 300-metre hotel and tackle the fire. It said the blaze had started on t...

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