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Major Hotel Catches Fire in Dubai Near New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (TheBlaze/AP) — A massive fireworks display kicked off for New Year's at the world's tallest tower in Dubai, while plumes of smoke billowed in the air from a fire raging at a nearby tower.

Tens of thousands of people whistled and cheered at the display taking place at the Burj Khalifa.

Meanwhile, teams of firefighters were working to put out a blaze that has engulfed a 63-story luxury hotel and residential building. At least 14 people were slightly injured and one person suffered a heart attack from the smoke and over-crowding during evacuation late Thursday.

One person who spoke with CNN said that some people inside had rented penthouses from which to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks.

Firefighters had mostly contained the fire by the time the fireworks began. At least 16 people suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

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