1,000 evacuated as fire hits Makkah hotel

 

1,000 evacuated as fire hits Makkah hotel

Makkah - Firefighters "rescued two pilgrims who were hurt" by the fire in an eighth-floor room of the unnamed hotel, the agency said.

By AFP

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Published: Thu 17 Sep 2015, 9:07 PM

Last updated: Thu 17 Mar 2016, 7:30 AM

About 1,000 Asian pilgrims were evacuated early on Thursday from their hotel in the holy city of Makkah, hit by a fire that injured two people, the civil defence agency said.
Firefighters "rescued two pilgrims who were hurt" by the fire in an eighth-floor room of the unnamed hotel, the agency said. More than one million faithful have already arrived in the holy city for Haj, which begins on Tuesday.
The agency also did not give the nationality of the pilgrims, nor say what caused the blaze.
The Haj has been almost incident-free for the past decade, but at least 107 people, including some from Asia, died on Friday when a construction crane collapsed on Makkah's Grand Mosque. - AFP


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