31 Dec '15, 7pm

UPDATE: Dubai hotel blaze 90% under control; at least 14 injured

DUBAI: Fire engulfed a 63-storey skyscraper in Dubai on Thursday night (Dec 31), but with the block evacuated and only minor injuries reported authorities went ahead with a New Year's fireworks display at the world's tallest building a few hundred metres away. Tongues of flame shot skywards from one side of the luxury Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block, which stands across a plaza from the 160-storey Burj Khalifa tower where people had gathered for fireworks to mark the New Year. Television pictures showed pieces of blazing debris raining down from The Address as evacuated occupants hurried away from the building, some running. "We came out on my balcony to look at the Burj. All the buildings around here had fireworks prepped on the roof," Paul Mithun, a US consultant in downtown Dubai said. "We were like, huh, that looks like a little Olympic torch off in ...

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