2014 Medina hotel fire

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2014 Medina hotel fire
Al Madinah in Saudi Arabia.svg
Location of Al Madinah Region in Saudi Arabia
DateFebruary 8, 2014 (2014-02-08)
LocationMedina, Al Madinah Region, Saudi Arabia
CauseElectrical short circuit
Non-fatal injuries130

The 2014 Medina hotel fire was a hotel fire that occurred in a hotel in Medina, Saudi Arabia.[1] The fire killed at least 15 people and another 130 were wounded.


Around seven hundred pilgrims from different countries were staying at the hotel in Medina to perform the Umrah. An electrical short circuit caused a fire to break out in the hotel. According to a local government statement the fire was first reported at 6:30 pm ET, and the blaze was contained by 9:00 pm ET.[2] Fifteen Egyptian pilgrims were killed and one hundred and thirty other pilgrims were injured as a result of the fire. Preliminary indications suggested that those who were killed died of suffocation.[3] The Egyptian consul general in the city of Jiddah, told reporters that most of the injured were Egyptians and that two children were among the dead.[4] It took the rescue teams around two hours to put out the fire completely.[5]


  1. ^ Dhabi, Abu. "Fifteen pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia hotel fire: report". Reuters. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. ^ CNN, By Mohammed Jamjoom and Greg Botelho,. "At least 15 killed in hotel fire in Saudi Arabian city of Medina - CNN". CNN. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Fire at Medina hotel kills 15". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ "Fire at Medina hotel in Saudi Arabia kills 15, injures 130". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  5. ^ "At least 15 pilgrims killed in Saudi Arabia hotel fire". BBC. Retrieved 9 February 2014.