According to CNN, the fire broke out in a residence on the building’s 20th floor when curtains caught on fire.
Bruce Szczepanski, who watched from the balcony of a nearby hotel, said he could still hear parts of the building crashing to the ground more than nine hours after the blaze began.
“There are huge flames, and you can hear the structure falling and the thuds,” he said.
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— Elysia Segal (@elysiasegal) December 31, 2015
Fire still burning @ Address Hotel pic.twitter.com/NC1lrWxQjY
— Bruce Szczepanski (@b_szczepanski) January 1, 2016
People are running away! This is so horrific!!!!! Falling on people's houses pic.twitter.com/gq9AXEyTJr
— Atieh Sabbar (@AtiehS) December 31, 2015
— Nisar Talabany (@NisarT) December 31, 2015
Oh my god – fire at the Address hotel, Downtown Dubai hope everyone is safe, it's so busy out there pic.twitter.com/XZenTxojtd
— Katy Bow (@KatyPBow) December 31, 2015
— Barry Whyte (@bwhyte11) December 31, 2015
Dubai’s grand New Year celebrations and fireworks proceeded as scheduled despite the massive fire that still continued to burn nearby.