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Man arrested for posing as a firefighter to film Dubai hotel blaze

Police source said man entered the burning tower without an oxygen mask or any safety gear

Man arrested for posing as a firefighter to film Dubai hotel blaze

Dubai Police have arrested an unnamed man who posed as a firefighter and entered The Address Downtown Dubai while it was on fire on New Year's Eve in order to film inside the burning tower, it was reported.

A police source told the Arabic daily Al Roeya the man, who's nationality or name were not confirmed, entered the tower in a firefighters uniform and once inside filmed himself holding a cigarette and a drink.

The man was not wearing an oxygen mask or any safety gear and the police described it as an "irresponsible act."

"This behaviour is not acceptable and is a punishable offence," the source was quoted as saying.

The news comes as it was reported on Saturday two men arrested for posting a selfie on social media featuring the hotel fire in the background have been released.

Attorney General of Dubai Essam Al Humaidan confirmed in a statement issued by the official state news agency WAM that the Public Prosecution in Dubai decided to release the two unnamed young men following a thorough investigation and review of the posted picture and case file and after listening to all witnesses.

The Public Prosecution has closed the case since no evidence of criminal intent has been established against the young men, the WAM statement said.

The two men are believed to have been Egyptian, according to media reports.

The Attorney General called on individuals to exercise caution and discretion when posting any material on social media and refrain from spreading rumours, defaming others or violating other people’s freedom so that they do not breach any laws, it added.

A fire engulfed the 63-storey The Address Downtown luxury hotel and residential tower on New Year's Eve. Authorities are still investigating the cause and the hotel is closed indefinitely.

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