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Large fire burns in Dubai near site of dramatic 2015 blaze

Large fire burns in Dubai near site of dramatic 2015 blaze

UAE authorities say they have changed fire safety rules in the territory to address the rising danger from burning buildings, but haven't offered many details.

A blaze erupted today in a residential complex under construction near Dubai's biggest shopping mall and a hotel ravaged by fire on New Year's Eve in 2015, authorities said. That building, which is due to reopen before the end of 2017, is located close to Fountain Views.

The world's tallest tower, a 2,717-foot-high structure called Burj Khalifa, is part of the Downtown Dubai development.

Civil defence services evacuated four people who were trapped by the fire, including one in serious condition, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Ateej told Dubai television. Every few minutes, small blasts could be heard, presumably from exploding propane or welding tanks left behind by construction workers.

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The Dubai media office tweeted: "Fire at Fountain Views towers has been brought under control; cooling operations are underway".

Emaar, which built both the Dubai Mall and the tower struck by the 2015 blaze, issued a statement saying it was "awaiting the final report" of investigators.

Dramatic fires have hit skyscrapers in Dubai and other fast-growing cities in the United Arab Emirates in recent years.

Smoke rises from a fire at a construction site next to Dubai Mall in Dubai. An investigation into the cause is now under way, said a report in The National website.

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