The 63-story Address Downtown hotel in Dubai went up in flames earlier today as the city prepared for its New Year’s Eve celebration. Authorities say 16 people were injured in the inferno, including one person who suffered a heart attack. According to the Telegraph, news outlets including Reuters are putting that number closer to 60. However, no deaths have been reported thus far.
“There are no [major] injuries, thank God,” Major General Rashed al-Matrushi, general director of the Dubai Civil Defense, told Al Arabiya television. “Of course, it will not affect the [New Year’s Eve Firework] celebration.”
While authorities have confirmed that the blaze began on the 20th floor of the hotel, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.