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Dubai blaze hotel guests, residents return to salvage belongings

Most of the traffic restrictions in the area have been lifted

Dubai blaze hotel guests, residents return to salvage belongings

Guests and tenants of The Address Downtown Hotel affected by the New Year's Eve fire have been allowed back into the building to see if they can salvage any of their belongings.

Emaar Properties officials escorted the group to their rooms and accommodation on Sunday to assess if any of their belongings were left after the fire on December 31, according to Gulf News.

One Jordanian guest, based in Qatar, who was on the last day of a week-long stay in Dubai when the fire broke out, said it took about 15 minutes for his children and their nanny to make it out of the hotel.

“Our room was on the 30th floor and the elevators were inaccessible, so it took them more than 15 minutes to come out,” he said. “Thankfully, everyone made it out safely. As soon as my children were out, we walked down the street, as far away as we could get, so no debris would fall over us.”

One of the tenants in the building affected by the fire, Radwan, who was evacuated with his wife and three children, told the newspaper that while he was waiting to see if there was anything left to salvage, they were thankful that no-one was hurt.

“Firefighters and authorities were extremely efficient in dealing with the fire. A situation like this could have easily degenerated to mayhem but everything was properly organised and professionally dealt with. The hotel administration has also been very helpful, setting us up with lodging, food, and any other necessities we may need,” he said.

Most of the traffic restrictions in the area, including access to the cinema parking of The Dubai Mall, have been lifted.

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