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Dubai probes skyscraper fire

Authorities in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates are trying to find out what caused a spectacular fire to engulf a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year’s Eve.

Firefighters managed to subdue the blaze, but part of the Address Downtown Hotel is still smouldering.

The BBC reports a significant fire is still visible on the 20th floor, where the blaze apparently started.

The tower was evacuated and 16 people were hurt. But a fireworks show went ahead at the Burj Khalifa tower nearby.

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The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building and an iconic symbol of the UAE.

 The BBC says streets around the Address Downtown Hotel have been cordoned off, but boulevards around the Burj Khalifa are open.
The fire broke out at about 21:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and appeared to engulf much of the Address Downtown, a five-star hotel and apartment complex, within 10 minutes.

Four teams of firefighters battled the blaze for hours, officials said.

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