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Outage as fire hits Makkah clock tower

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By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA | ARAB NEWS

Published: Mar 1, 2011 23:19 Updated: Mar 2, 2011 01:46

MAKKAH: A massive fire that broke out in one of the towers of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment building — home to the tallest clock tower — in Makkah on Tuesday frightened pilgrims at the Grand Mosque.

The fire resulted in a power outage at the residential towers for more than an hour, sources told Arab News. There were no reports of deaths or injuries.

Firefighters rushed to the site and evacuated residents from the building with the help of members of the public. The Civil Defense also cut power connections to the tower as part of efforts to contain the blaze. Witnesses said they saw clouds of smoke billowing out of the building.

According to preliminary reports, the fire started in the generator room. Power supply to the towers resumed soon after the fire was put out.

Lt. Col. Ali Al-Muntashri, spokesman of the Civil Defense, said his department sent 15 rescue teams and 10 first-aid teams to the site.

An investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the fire, he said.

The Saudi Electricity Company also sent five teams to tackle the problem.

For more information visit: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article293518.ece

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