The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai catches fire

Developing story: Dubai Media Office tweeted the fire, which originated from the hotel's 20th floor, has not spread inside the building

A fire broke out at The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai. [Image: Twitter/Time Out Dubai]
A fire broke out at The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai. [Image: Twitter/Time Out Dubai]

The Address Hotel in Downtown Dubai reportedly caught fire minutes prior to a scheduled fireworks show on New Year's Eve.

Dubai Media Office said on its Twitter account: "A fire has been reported in the Address Downtown hotel. Authorities are currently on-site to address the incident swiftly and safely."

The government agency also tweeted the fire started on the 20th floor.

In later tweets, Dubai Media Office said four squads of firefighters arrived on site to control the blaze, and that internal fire extinguishers are preventing spread of fire inside the hotel.

The agency also said the fire has not spread inside the hotel, and that New Year's Eve celebrations in the Emirate will continue as scheduled.

At 11pm GST, news agency AFP tweeted a police chief stating no injuries had been recorded.

At 10.58pm, Dubai Media Office said 90% of the fire had been contained, and was expected to be completely extinguished within 30 minutes.

Various users took to Twitter to express concern and provide further updates.

It is yet unclear as to what caused the blaze.



So the address hotel is on fire... #MyDubaiNewYear

— Faiśal Alshubaili (@SmileItsFaisal) December 31, 2015

Time Out is on the scene & folks are being ask to leave the area around the burning @Address_Hotels #dubai #NYE

— Time Out Dubai (@TimeOutDubai) December 31, 2015

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