Fire breaks out at Marriott Hotel in Jeddah

Around 300 guests evacuated after blaze starts on second floor

The fire broke out on the second floor of the hotel (Image used for illustrative purposes)
The fire broke out on the second floor of the hotel (Image used for illustrative purposes)

Around 300 guests were evacuated from a Marriott Hotel in Jeddah following the outbreak of a blaze on the second floor of the building, reports Saudi Gazette.

The hotel’s fire alarm system reportedly worked well and aided firefighters in the evacuation process, according to Col. Saeed Sarhan, a spokesman from Saudi Civil Defence.

Sarhan said the fire started inside a health club but was extinguished quickly by the large team of firefighters attending the scene.

Six squads of firefighters, an ambulance, and a fire truck rushed to the hotel once the alarm was raised.

No one was injured in the blaze and all guests and workers returned to the hotel after the fire was doused and the electricity was back on.

“We have opened an investigation to find out the cause of the fire,” Col. Sarhan said.

According to Wasantha Samarasekerea, director of Nilona Holdings which is currently developing a Marriott Hotel in Phase 2 of Dubai’s Healthcare City, fire and life safety in its buildings is a top priority for the international hotel chain.

Speaking to MEP Middle East in Febraury, Samarasekera said: “Marriott has very stringent life and safety requirements. It wanted sprinklers in every room [in the Dubai Healthcare City project], including electrical rooms with LV panels.”

“Marriott is very proud of its life and safety record as it has over 3,000 hotels worldwide with no fire safety-related deaths recorded to date,” he added.

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