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Photographer films escape from 48th floor of burning Dubai building

A photographer who became trapped in a burning building in Dubai as he tried to photograph the New Year’s fireworks display has posted video of the experience online.

Video image of a fire in a Dubai hotel taken by Dennis Mallari, a photographer who was trapped in the building
Video image by Dennis Mallari, a photographer who filmed himself hanging off a skyscraper in Dubai to escape a fire on New Year’s Eve. Image by Dennis Mallari YouTube

Dennis Mallari, a photographer from the Philippines who works in Dubai, was on a balcony on the 48th floor of a hotel capturing the fireworks display.

According to the Telegraph, a colleague shouted fire, but Mallari didn’t understand at first and saw no evidence of a fire. By the time he saw smoke, he was alone on the balcony.

Video image of a fire in a Dubai hotel taken by Dennis Mallari, a photographer who was trapped in the building.
Video image of a fire in a Dubai hotel taken by Dennis Mallari, a photographer who was trapped in the building. Image by Dennis Mallari YouTube

The fire spread around the 63-storey building and the hallways were filled with smoke, limiting him to going inside to escape as he feared suffocating, reports Gulf News. Mallari attached himself to a cable on the outside of the building using his belt to try as escape, but firemen eventually arrived, gave him oxygen, and took him to safety, reports CNN.

Dennis Mallari posted a picture after he escaped from a burning building to let people know he was alright.
Dennis Mallari posted a picture after he escaped from a burning building to let people know he was alright. Image by Dennis Mallari Facebook

He managed to film much of the experience, which shows the frightening height as he climbed outside of the balcony and the relief when he returns to the ground.

Watch the video here.

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