Major blaze breaks out at 28-storey Abu Dhabi highrise (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
It took over two hours to bring the blaze, which started at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, under control. Thick smoke billowing from the building could be seen from all over the UAE capital.
Heavy plumes of smoke continue as firefighters struggle to put out the Abu Dhabi fire.— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) August 30, 2016
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Hundreds of workers, residents and people staying in hotels in the surrounding area were evacuated as a precaution, though there have been no reports of any injuries.
Photos and videos of the burning building were shared on social media by concerned locals. This is the fifth such fire to strike a UAE tower in the last 18 months, according to Reuters, and the cause of this blaze has yet to be determined.
I hope all the workers and firemen on site and anyone near Abu Dhabi mall and Beach Rotana are safe and that they'll get the fire under control ASAP. #rightnow #fire #accident #highrise #construction #inabudhabi #instaabudhabi #beachrotana #abudhabimall Absolutely not my favourite view from my window. May everyone be safe!