Huge fire engulfs Makkah Hotel, 600 evacuated

Huge fire engulfs Makkah Hotel, 600 evacuated

A huge fire was erupted in Makkah Hotel where more than 600 guests were residing including the Pilgrims for the holy Hajj. The spokesperson Nayef al-Sharif said no casualties were reported in the fire, which was sparked by a faulty air conditioning unit on the eighth floor of a 15-storey hotel in the Azaziyah district of Makkah where two million Muslims will perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

All 600 residents, most of whom had come from Turkey and Yemen for the Hajj pilgrimage, were evacuated and have since returned to the hotel, Sharif said.

Makkah that draws millions of pilgrims on regular basis is considered one of the holiest cities in Islam.

Being a birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is one of the most revered site in Islam.

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