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Fire Engulfs Luxury Tower in Dubai

A fire ripped through a 63-floor luxury hotel in Dubai on New Year's Eve, injuring 14, just 600 yards from the world's tallest building.

Plumes of smoke rise from the 63-story Address Downtown Dubai hotel and residential block on Jan. 1, 2016. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is at left.

The blaze started at the 20th floor on New Year's Eve and quickly spread up the side of the building.

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Smoke billows from the hotel on Jan. 1.

The fire came just 10 months after a fire at another Dubai skyscraper, a 79-story apartment tower named The Torch.

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The Address Downtown Dubai hotel is engulfed by fire as fireworks explode over the Burj Khalifa during New Year's celebrations.

Dubai is heavily reliant on tourism and officials were keen to downplay the blaze and draw attention to the fireworks display, which had been expected to draw a crowd of around one million.

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Flames engulf the hotel.

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Fire sweeps up the side of the building.

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People watch as flames rip through the hotel on New Year's Eve. People were already gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught fire. The cause of the blaze is still unknown.

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Water drips from the ceiling of a charred room at the Address Downtown Dubai hotel on Jan. 1, 2016. Government of Duba Media Office