Dubai hotel fire

Updated 7:46 AM ET, Fri January 1, 2016
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Firefighters continue to work at the Address hotel in downtown Dubai on Friday, January 1. A massive fire broke out Thursday night at the high-end hotel in the United Arab Emirates' most populous city. Sunday Alamba/AP
Fireworks light up the night sky near the Address hotel. Despite the fire that started hours earlier, the highly anticipated New Year's Eve festivities went ahead as planned. AHMAD FARWAN/AFP/Getty Images
More than a dozen people sustained minor injuries, according to the Twitter account of the Dubai government's media office. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as flames rip through the hotel Thursday night. Sunday Alamba/AP
The incident occurred near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
The fire started around 9:30 p.m., witnesses said. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
Early reports said the fire started on the 20th floor. Jon Gambrell/AP
It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
The fire broke out as governments around the world were on high alert for possible terrorist attacks tied to New Year's Eve celebrations, but there was no immediate indication that terrorism was to blame for the blaze. Sunday Alamba/AP
The Address hotel describes itself as "the premier five-star hotel" in Dubai. Sina Bahrami/AP