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Massive fire breaks out in Qatar World Cup city near fan village as plume of black smoke rises into the sky

A huge fire has broken out in the World Cup city of Lusail in Qatar, with plumes of black smoke rising into the sky right next to one of the country’s fan villages.

The huge tower of smoke can be seen rising across the fan village, named Qetaifan Island North, although exactly where the fire originated is still unclear. 

Authorities said the Civil Defense controlled a fire in a building under construction without any injuries.

They sought to reassure fans and residents in a tweet posted just after 10am. 

Video posted on social media showed that the fire was visible from miles away. 

Images show the village, which is made up of canvas tents, in the city of Lusail, which the Qatari government spent millions of pounds building up prior to the World Cup beginning in the country last week.

Similar fan villages have come under fire in recent weeks due to allegations they are unfinished and vastly overpriced.

Villages closer to the capital have been filled with metal container rooms described as ‘hell boxes’ by builders and guests, with complaints over a lack of facilities and air conditioning.

It is the latest incident in a scandal-filled tournament which has seen last-minute booze bans, unexpected results on the pitch and criticism over the nation’s strict rules on LGBT+ and women’s rights. 

This story is being updated. 

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