Inferno: Dubai skyscraper engulfed in flames during New Year’s Eve celebrations; Update: Explosions

posted at 1:43 pm on December 31, 2015 by Allahpundit

If there’s been a more terrifying spectacle of a building burning than this since 9/11, I missed it. As I write this, Dubai authorities are claiming there are no injuries, but that seems impossible to believe. A few minutes ago, a live feed from Arabic TV that’s being carried by Fox News showed flames raging through the windows of dozens upon dozens of rooms. From what I saw, the blown-out parts ran around 10 stories high and a good 10 or so windows across. (The hotel is 63 stories tall and not quite 1,000 feet high.) Unless literally everyone inside the hotel was out on the streets celebrating New Year’s Eve, there are victims.

How’d the fire start? Under the circumstances, the best guess is “accidentally.”

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which ran up at least 20 stories of the building near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper at 828 meters (905 yards). The building that caught fire was The Address Hotel, according to Reuters, but reports also said it was a residential building.

Burning debris rained down from the building as firetrucks raced to the scene. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured in the blaze.

Dubai’s scheduled New Year’s Eve celebrations would proceed, a civil defense official said on Al Arabiya television.

Oookay. One Twitter user captured an image showing only a very small fire at the start; local authorities tell CNN that it started on the exterior of the 20th floor. Could fireworks from the ground have misfired? Stay tuned.

Update: One reason to think this might be accidental rather than arson is that the hotel is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. If you were a terrorist or pyromaniac looking to maximize the impact of your crime, wouldn’t you target the Burj instead?


Update: Surreal: As video plays on Fox of fireworks bursting in the Dubai sky to ring in the new year, CNN is reporting this:

The fire’s been burning for well over an hour so I assume those explosions are a matter of the flames reaching something combustible inside the building, not pre-positioned devices being set off. Doesn’t make sense to wait this long before detonating a bomb.


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Frankly the way you blew up about me making a clearly factual statement leaves me suspecting this isn’t really about me at all.
Tlaloc on December 31, 2015 at 5

Nothing you say is factual

Sure hope you receive a case of the ” KO game ” punk

Mr Soames on December 31, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Mr Soames on December 31, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Leave him be. I had already refuted his stupid statement before he made it. He just skimmed the comments an picked the retort he thought would be most likely to solicit a response.

Just quit feeding him, and he’ll go away. Never acknowledge anything he says – like he’s on MRC “ignore” and you don’t even see it – and he’ll eventually go away.

Wino on January 1, 2016 at 6:24 AM

Leave him be. I had already refuted his stupid statement before he made it. He just skimmed the comments an picked the retort he thought would be most likely to solicit a response.

Just quit feeding him, and he’ll go away. Never acknowledge anything he says – like he’s on MRC “ignore” and you don’t even see it – and he’ll eventually go away.

Wino on January 1, 2016 at 6:24 AM

I agree; good luck getting others to listen to you! :D

Treating him seriously is giving him far more respect than he deserves… The guy, who carries on like Baghdad Bob, is mentally ill, and it’s not the least bit exaggerative to say so. :)

Anti-ControI on January 1, 2016 at 8:21 AM

and you freaked completely out.

Tlaloc on December 31, 2015 at 5:15 PM

A comparison by an honest psychiatrist between your comment and his would NOT label his as the “freak out”.

I think you’re just mad because mom wouldn’t let you into her booze cabinet for New Year’s Eve.

GWB on January 1, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Maybe there were two guys in the hotel trying aim a missile at the world’s tallest building, but Abdallah wouldn’t listen to Makmood about which switch did what.

RockinRickOwen on January 1, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Anti. Roger that. Tlaloc is so preposterous and unhinged with his statements that he HAS to be a paid sock. Somebody being that way in real life is a scary prospect indeed….

Indiana Jim on January 1, 2016 at 12:14 PM

One reason to think this might be accidental rather than arson is that the hotel is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. If you were a terrorist or pyromaniac looking to maximize the impact of your crime, wouldn’t you target the Burj instead?

One problem with this logic … the Burj is darn near impregnable and pretty near disaster-proof. It would take a sustained bombardment or a nuclear blast to knock it down. Its made of a structured resin-concrete that is massively steel reinforced using the very latest in materials and designs – post 911. It is far and away the strongest building that has ever been built for public use designed by the very best designers of the Western World and built by the most experienced contractors.

The irony here is tremendous … it is THE building that probably most benefited from all the lessons learned from the WTC destruction – built in THE city where most of the money to pay for 911 was funneled thru.

babylonandon on January 1, 2016 at 12:47 PM

Who cares? It’s just a bunch of murdering mooslims.

JackM on January 1, 2016 at 5:38 PM

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