Injuries reported after fire in Dubai luxury building

Published: Dec. 31, 2015 at 3:07 PM EST
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A massive fireworks display kicked off for New Year's at the world's tallest tower in Dubai, while plumes of smoke billowed in the air from a fire raging at a nearby tower.

Tens of thousands of people whistled and cheered at the display taking place at the Burj Khalifa.

Meanwhile, teams of firefighters were working to put out a blaze that has engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel and residential building. At least 14 people were slightly injured and one person suffered a heart attack from the smoke and over-crowding during evacuation late Thursday.

The Dubai Media Office said 14 people were 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. No children were among those injured.

It's in the area where tens of thousands of people had gathered for a massive New Year's fireworks display.

The flames ran up at least 20 stories of the 63-story luxury hotel and residential building called The Address Downtown. It sent burning debris raining down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene.

A civil defense official says the building was evacuated and no injuries were reported. It's not yet clear what caused the fire. Authorities say it appears to have started on a 20th-floor terrace.

The fire broke out about two hours before midnight, when the fireworks display was set to begin. To manage the crowds, police had closed off some roads and the metro before the fire broke out.

Officials said the New Year's Eve celebrations would go on as planned.