The fire broke out at Jeddah’s Haramain station at 12:35 p.m. local time. (Makkah Government)
Five people taken to hospital as huge plumes of smoke billow into the air
The Haramain Railway linking Makkah and Medina with Jeddah was opened last year
DUBAI: A fire broke out in the Haramain high-speed rail station in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah, the country’s civil defense service said on Sunday.
Five people were taken to hospital, the Makkah regional government said, after the fire broke out at 12:35 p.m. local time. Some 16 “medical teams” were at the scene and firefighters continued to tackle the blaze, Saudi Civil Defense said.
Dramatic videos on social media showed teams using helicopters to try and tackle the blaze
The $7.3-billion, 450-kilometer Haramain Railway linking the two holiest cities in Islam, Makkah and Medina, with Jeddah, was opened in September last year.
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