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Another fire hits central Dubai near world's tallest building

The blaze broke out in a construction site near the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa
Smoke coming from the scene of the fire in Dubai (AFP)

Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday when a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall and a few hundred metres from the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

The blaze erupted around 6:30am local time at the tower in a complex that is near the Dubai Mall and a hotel ravaged by fire on New Year's Eve in 2015, authorities said.

The site of the fire from afar (AFP)

Civil defence services evacuated four people who were trapped by the fire, including one in serious condition, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Ateej told Dubai television.

The Dubai government said that firefighting crews had brought the blaze under control.

It said the building, part of the Address Residence Fountain Views, was being constructed by local real estate giant Emaar.

The property has three towers, each 60 floors high, and had been due to be completed in April of next year.

Emirati firefighters try to put out the fire (AFP)

Major fires have hit several Dubai high-rises in recent years and spread quickly, mostly due to flammable material used in cladding, a covering or coating used on the side of the buildings.

Sunday's blaze was close to where a fire ripped through the luxury 60-storey Address Downtown Hotel on 31 December 2015, only a few hours before a fireworks display nearby.

It sparked panic and was broadcast live worldwide, but only injured 16 people.

In July last year, a fire gutted the 75-storey Sulafa tower in Dubai Marina, with the flames spreading up quickly at least 15 floors of the building.

In 2012, a huge blaze gutted the 34-storey Tamweel Tower in the nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers district. It was later revealed to have been caused by a cigarette butt thrown into a bin. 

A security guard keeps by-passers away from the site of the fire (AFP)

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