Twitter sparks Burj Khalifa fire rumour

Low-hanging cloud was mistaken for smoke on the 100th floor

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Twitter sparks Burj Khalifa fire rumour Social media sites blamed for spreading false reports that the Burj Khalifa was on fire. (ITP Images)
By  Elizabeth Broomhall Published  February 12, 2012

A false fire scare at the Burj Khalifa was sparked by comments on social media sites Twitter and Facebook.

Firetrucks and ambulances gathered in the Downtown area of Dubai on Saturday night, after calls and tweets suggested the world's tallest building was up in flames.

One onlooker, @rjbudden, tweeted: "Blimey there is a fire in the Burj Khalifa in #Dubai. Ambulances everywhere."

Another @Latifamak said: "Burj khalifa on fire I can see it from my window :O"

Authorities later confirmed that the "smoke" seen by residents and onlookers was actually low-hanging cloud and not a fire on the 100th floor.

Twitter users quickly posted fresh updates to reassure friends and followers that the fire was a false alarm.

"Contacted Dubai Police, and they confirmed that it's just fog, the Burj Khalifa is NOT on fire !" posted @Its_AAA

Another, @AdamKechil tweeted: "Ok relax everyone - you can go to bed! The Burj Khalifa is not on fire! Its just fog."

Neither Emaar or Dubai Civil Defence were immediately available for comment.

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