As New Year's Eve celebrations were getting started in downtown Dubai, a fire suddenly engulfed a 991-foot tall hotel.
The Address Downtown Dubai hotel, located less than one mile from the world's tallest building, began burning as hordes of revelers were in the hotel and the street. Early reports indicated about 14 people had been injured in the fire.
Witnesses took photos of the blaze and shared them on social media. Below are several incredible images captured by people in the city for the holiday.
My friend is there. This is 11.20pm NOT OUT #dubaifire @AddressDowntown pic.twitter.com/rsDF6Rovyy
— Megan Castang (@dxbdiva) December 31, 2015
#DubaiFire| Address Hotel stands at 991ft. Burg Khalifa, world's tallest tower nearby is 2722ft. One WT is 1776ft... pic.twitter.com/VlcH7PErNH
— Mikey Kay (@MikeyKayNYC) December 31, 2015
Please by some miracle let everyone be okay - this is NOT what this view was meant for #Dubaifire pic.twitter.com/Y0SNCQy1hd
— Emma Laurence (@emmamaylaurence) December 31, 2015
Live from #Dubai 90% of the fire is now under control and everyone is safe there. Fireworks will continue normally pic.twitter.com/5Vp0P8ziw9
— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) December 31, 2015
Flames moving away from Burj Khalifa. Fire still going strong. Not sure if firework show still going ahead @vicenews pic.twitter.com/Xu3zAg3Lr6
— Aakanksha Tangri (@AakankshaT) December 31, 2015
Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.