Fire Engulfs Dubai Hotel Hours Before New Year&039;s Fireworks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- New Year's fireworks show begins in Dubai despite fire in nearby tower.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Dubai Media Office said 14 people had been lightly injured and that one suffered a heart attack due to the smoke and overcrowding during evacuation. The statement said another person was moderately injured, without elaborating further. No children were among those injured.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Fire engulfed a luxury building near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai on Thursday, where tens of thousands of people had gathered for a massive New Year's fireworks display.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building, which would likely have been packed with people because of its clear view of the 828-meter (905-yard) tall Burj Khalifa. The hotel towers over the Souq Al Bahar, a popular shopping area with walkways that connect the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall.

Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured in the blaze. A civil defense official told The Associated Press by phone that the building was evacuated and no injuries were reported. The official was not authorized to brief reporters so requested anonymity.

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