Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
More than 600 pilgrims, who are belonging from Turkey and Yeman, are evacuated after a fire broke out in a hotel inMakkah’s Al-Aziziyah neighborhood. They were evacuated by emergency response teams of Saudi Arabia.
The official spokesman for the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah Major Nayef Al-Sharif said that the flames were coming from a faulty air conditioning unit on the eighth floor of the 15-story hotel, which was inhabited by 600 pilgrims from Turkey and Yemen.
He added that all the hotel guests were evacuated as a precautionary measure by rescue teams while the fire was put out and the situation brought under control without causing any injuries or loss of life.
Al- Sharif also said that an investigative team was investigating the cause of the incident in coordination with the concerned authorities and added that guests had been allowed back in the hotel.
It is noted that the the pilgrims are expected to gather to Makkah from all over the world to perform the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj pilgrimage. In a similar incident, a fire took hold of six buildings, where three of which collapsed completely, in the historic center of Jeddah, where 60 people were evacuated.