Dubai wildfires force evacuation of luxury hotel; no injuries

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Smoke fills the skies over downtown Dubai following a fire on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. A large fire broke out at a luxury hotel, forcing guests and staff to leave and sending smoke on the tourist and commercial center of the United Arab Emirates. Several fire engines and police cars were deployed to the five-star Swissôtel Al Murooj hotel in downtown Dubai as people huddled outside. No injuries were reported. (Florian Kriechbaumer/@djflore via AP)

Smoke fills the skies over downtown Dubai following a fire on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. A large fire broke out at a luxury hotel, forcing guests and staff to leave and sending smoke on the tourist and commercial center of the United Arab Emirates. Several fire engines and police cars were deployed to the five-star Swissôtel Al Murooj hotel in downtown Dubai as people huddled outside. No injuries were reported. (Florian Kriechbaumer/@djflore via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A massive fire broke out at a luxury hotel in Dubai on Wednesday, forcing guests and staff to leave and sending smoke over the tourist and commercial hub of the United Arab Emirates.

Several fire engines and police cars were deployed to the five-star Swissôtel Al Murooj hotel in downtown Dubai as dozens of people huddled outside. No injuries were reported.

After rescuers fought the fire for about an hour, the fire appeared to be extinguished and the damage was not visible. Police began guiding guests into the lobby, directly in front of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

Videos posted on social media showed giant orange flames shooting out from the ornate roof and thick black smoke billowing on the horizon.

A series of fires in tall buildings in Dubai, dotted with skyscrapers, in recent years has rekindled questions about the safety of coatings and other materials used in the country.

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