Makkah (Saudi Arabia): A fire broke out Sunday at construction work materials near the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, causing initial panic but quickly coming under the control of fire crews.
"Some workers suffered slight suffocation when a fire broke out in some of 15 prefab offices near the eastern courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Sunday afternoon", Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The workers were treated on the spot by Saudi Red Crescent paramedics, SPA quoted Makkah Civil Defense Spokesman Maj. Naif Al-Shareef as saying.
A large number of ambulances and emergency crews arrived quickly to the site. No casualties were reported.
The Kaaba is the black, cubic structure referred to as the "House of God," located in the center of The Sacred Mosque in Makkah.
The site is the most sacred in Islam, the primary location of pilgrimage and also the orienting point toward which Muslims pray.
Thousands of Muslims from around the world are always present in Makkah to perform Umrah. The number multiplies in the month of Ramadan and during Haj in the month of Dhul Hijjah.
Around 2.5 million Muslims from different parts of world converge in Makkah for Haj every year. The Haj is the annual ritual and it is one of five pillars of Islam.
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