6 buildings go up in flames in Saudi Arabia

Six buildings in Al Balad, Jeddah’s old town went up in flames on Tuesday night, according to Saudi media.
Three of the six buildings collapsed completely, but there were no casualties, officials reported.

Authorities reported six people — including five firefighters and a Saudi man — were injured and given medical treatment.

Arab News, a Jeddah daily, and Twitter users shared videos of flames engulfing the heritage buildings in Jeddah’s historic town by the Red Sea.

Though the buildings were old, they were all inhabited, online new site Sabq reported. It added that the fire broke out in a four-storey building and spread out to the other buildings.

At least 60 people were evacuated. The fire is now extinguished.
Engr Sami Nawar, the city mayor, was quoted as saying that the fire hit Al Qumsani, Al Ashmawi and Abdel-Aal buildings.
Al Ekhbariyta TV shows the inferno raging in at least two neighboring buildings as well as the narrow road between them.

The name of the other buildings were not immediately known.

By 10pm, Civil Defense firefighters had put out 80 per cent of the fire, said Nawar, though he said there were fears Al-Qumsani building could collapse.

 Firefighters from Jeddah’s Civil Defense Directorate helped battle the blaze while emergency teams were on site to help victims.
Col. Saeed Sarhan, Civil Defense spokesperson, said rescue teams evacuated the area to ensure residents’ safety.
Al-Balad, known for its old structures, is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage site. It forms the core of Jeddah, a trading centre and the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah. It’s where old souqs and the “Bab Makkah” (Arabic for “Gate to Makkah”) are located.
Source: gulfnews.com

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