ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, - Hundreds of construction workers were evacuated from a 28-story, under-construction building, that caught fire Tuesday, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, Abu Dhabi, local media reported.

Fire engines and civil defence helicopters rushed to the site, to prevent workers from being trapped by the flames, UAE daily, The National, reported.

No immediate reports about human casualties were available. Images show the high-rise building was near completion, as most of the facade and cladding installed.

A witness construction worker said that the blaze had started at about 10.30 a.m.

Abu Dhabi police vehicles have cordoned off the area surrounding the building, including an adjacent bridge, leading to Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Island.

Debris fell off the building amid a clear blue sky and temperatures above 41 degrees Celsius.

A nearby luxury hotel, run by the local Rotana Corporation, was closed but The National said, no damage was reported at the hotel.

Source: Nam News Network