x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Burj Khalifa 'not on fire', say emergency responders

Fog triggered a false alarm, say firefighters.

DUBAI // Low-hanging cloud was responsible for rumours the Burj Khalifa was on fire last night, firefighters say.

Ten firetrucks and several ambulances responded to calls suggesting there was a fire on the 100th floor. By midnight, the firefighters had left the scene. They told The National the scare was caused by low-hanging cloud.

Witnesses at the scene said the cloud was "very convincing". "It really did look like smoke," said one man who lives in a nearby apartment block.

The building concierge also confirmed that no alarms had gone off, and no evacuation procedure had been initiated.

The rumour caused quite a flutter on Twitter. Hundreds tweeted saying the building was on fire, while hundreds more tweeted that it was not. Many suggested the haze was actually the result of a new Dubai Fountain smoke feature.

Neither Emaar or Dubai Civil Defence could be reached for comment.

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