Makkah hotel fire: Saudi Civil Defense evacuates 1,028 Hajj pilgrims

Makkah: Saudi Civil Defense announced on Twitter that 1028 Asian pilgrims were evacuated early in the morning from a hotel in the Saudi city of Makkah. After a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the Makkah hotel, Saudi Civil Defense teams evacuated the pilgrims from the hotel.

Firefighters rescued two pilgrims who were hurt by the fire in the hotel. Media Spokesman for the Civil Defense Forces in Hajj, Col. Abdullah Al Orabi Al Harthy said that Makkah Civil Defense Operations received a report at 12.30 a.m. this morning about the incident and teams were immediately dispatched to the incident site.

However the agency did not disclosed the nationality of the pilgrims. More than 1 million Hajj pilgrims arrived in Makkah this year for Hajj which will begin on Tuesday.