Fire at The Address Downtown hotel in Dubai ruined New Year celebrations just hours before midnight. The 63 storey skyscraper, a close neighbor of the famous Burj Khalifa, went ablaze from a fire that started around its twentieth floor at about 9:30pm in the evening.
Bedlam and mayhem issued through the hotel as residents slowly realized the situation. The fire had made considerable progress before the fire safety mechanism caught up to it and the alarm went off. Visitors and staff all hurried to find a safe way out through the chaos.
At least sixteen people have been reported injured. Guests were ushered in a nearby mall for safety as hotel management tried to control the situation.
“Everybody was screaming, everybody was running. I thought; ‘This is a film’, said Anita Williams, an Irish singer, who had gone there for a performance. “We left everything. There was debris falling down. The fire shot up through the entire hotel.