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VIDEO: Man dangles from 48th floor of burning Dubai building

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Firefighters and Civil Defense teams have been widely praised for their efforts following the New Year’s Eve fire at The Address Downtown in Dubai. Remarkably, most people were evacuated from the 63-story building unharmed.

One man, however, is feeling extra lucky to be on safe ground. Dennis Borja Mallari, a photographer who was staying at the hotel in order to capture the New Year’s Eve fireworks at the nearby Burj Khalifa, was stranded on the 48th floor as flames engulfed the building.

In a series of video clips posted to Facebook, he documents his horrifying wait for rescue. Using a belt and a cable wire, he dangled off the side of the building in order to escape the thick black smoke. “We were at the 48th floor, Address Hotel. Happening right now,” he can be heard saying in one video as flames surround the side of the hotel.

Sorry for the announcement. Happy New Year to all.

Posted by Dennis Borja Mallari on Thursday, 31 December 2015

In another video, Dennis can be heard on the phone to rescue teams, saying, “Yes I can see the roundabout. Yes.” He captioned this video, “While having a chat with Civil Defense, keep calm and see the view.”

While having a chat with Civil Defense, keep calm and see the view.

Posted by Dennis Borja Mallari on Thursday, 31 December 2015

Showing his gratitude to Dubai’s emergency services, he also posted a video while dangling in the air, as wind bashed him against the side of the building’s façade. He shared the 3-minute 11-second video with the words, “Thanks to the belt, cable wire, Civil Defense, friends and God.”

 

Salamat sa belt, cable wire, sa civil defense, mga kaibigan at sa Dios.

Posted by Dennis Borja Mallari on Friday, 1 January 2016

His posts have received hundreds of likes and shares as people commend his bravery, as well as the bravery of others who eventually saved him.

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