(Saudi Arabia): At least 13 pilgrims suffered minor
burns while 179 others, from India and Bangladesh, were rescued
after a fire occurred in a nine-storey building in Saudi Arabia's
Makkah city Sunday evening, Xinhua reported.
Five firefighting teams and three rescue teams joined in the fight
against the blaze and doused it hours later, the Saudi News Agency
quoted a security official as saying.
All Indian and Bangladeshi pilgrims in the building were evacuated
and the cause of the fire was being investigated, said a
spokesperson for the Civil Defence for Hajj Season.
Officials say the main events, beginning this coming Wednesday,
are expected to draw over two million devotees from different
parts of the world to Mecca city, a media report said.
Thursday is the most important day, when pilgrims assemble in the
Arafat plain outside Makkah. The pilgrimage ends after Eid al-Adha,
or the Feast of Sacrifice, Friday.