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
Death(s)15
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.

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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.