Fire breaks out at Makkah Clock Tower project

Residential buildings evacuated as 15 teams of firefighters respond

An aerial shot of the Grand Mosque and Clock Tower development. Photo: Getty
An aerial shot of the Grand Mosque and Clock Tower development. Photo: Getty

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A large fire broke out in one of the seven towers of the King Abdul Aziz Endowment building — home to the world’s tallest clock tower — in Makkah on Tuesday.

The multi-billion dollar mega-project overlooks the Grand Mosque, and has become a focal point of the Holy City since construction began. Witensses reported clouds of smoke billowing from a building attached to the development.

The fire, believed to have started in a generator room, cut power to the residential towers and forced the evacuation of the buildings. Civil Defense responded with 15 teams of firefighters and 10 first aid teams. No injuries were reported.


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