A fire broke out in a hotel in the Saudi city of Mecca, which alarmed the annual hajj pilgrimage, the civil defence service said on Monday.
Civil defence spokesman, Nayef al-Sharif, said no casualties were reported in the fire, which was sparked by a faulty air cooling unit on the eighth floor of a hotel in the Azaziyah district of Mecca.
Sharif said all 600 residents, most of whom had come from Turkey and Yemen for the hajj pilgrimage, were evacuated and had since returned to the hotel
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