Fire breaks out at Dubai construction site

Officials with the Dubai Civil Defense described this week's fire as an "accident" that began in a parking level of The Address Residences Fountain Views complex.

No injuries reported in fire that broke out near Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

Sunday's fire happened only a block away from The Address Downtown Dubai, a 63-story tower that caught fire on New Year's Eve on 2015.

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No reports of casualties so far thankfully.

In a statement, the Dubai Media Office confirmed that the burning building was still under construction and belonged to property developer Emaar.

"Cooling operations are underway and ambulance units are on site", the Dubai government's media office posted on its Twitter account.

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Large numbers of firefighters were on the scene, and police cordoned off nearby roads. Black smoke painted the sky black in the heart of Dubai and triggered massive traffic jams around the Dubai Business Bay on Sunday morning.

Eyewitness Anthea Ayache said: 'It was plumes and plumes of black smoke.

She said firefighters responded quickly and many construction workers were nearby watching the fire from a safe distance.

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Major fires have hit several Dubai high-rises in recent years and spread quickly, mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side of the buildings.


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