Hotel in Dubai catches a ghastly fire

1 Jan 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

The Address Downtown hotel, which stands a couple of blocks from the majestic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest hotel/tower, was immersed in flames across several floors with sirens wailing and helicopters hovering overhead to contain it.

The fire started a few hours before midnight-9:30 pm and quickly spread upwards across almost 12 floors.

At least 16 people were injured in the ghastly fire.

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1 Jan 2016Hotel in Dubai catches a ghastly fire

1 Jan 2016Cause not known yet!

Officials on the spot said the fire "began in the middle of the hotel, then went down like lightning before shooting up again" and 4 teams had to deployed to contain it.

They also said that one person had got a heart-attack because of the panic that ensued after the fire.

The government ordered a probe to look into the cause of the fire.