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.
The Civil Defense forces, with the support of helicopters, had to battle for long hours to put out the fire. Several units of the Civil Defense in the Makkah region have swung into action to extinguish the fire and evacuate the people trapped inside the station. The security forces used choppers equipped with water tankers to quell the blaze.
Huge plumes of gray smoke rising from inside the complex blanketed the areas surrounding the station, forcing security forces to close the Haramain Expressway linking Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and cordon off the site.
The fire broke out at a time when traffic was heavy on the streets, squares and main streets surrounding the train station. Traffic was heavy as it was the time when schools closed and the end of employees’ morning shift.