World Amazing Stuff: 15 dead, 130 injured in Madinah hotel fire

15 dead, 130 injured in Madinah hotel fire

A fire has broken out in Ishraq Al-Madinah Hotel in the holy city of Madinah, Saudi Arabia on 08 February 2014 Saturday, killed 15 people and more than 130 people, mostly pilgrims, were injured according to a statement issued by Madinah Governorate.

Officials did not identify the victims but said around 700 pilgrims were staying at the hotel in Madinah, in western Saudi Arabia, to perform the Umrah pilgrimage. Authorities evacuated the guests and closed off the street leading to the hotel, located on Sitteen Street.

The fire broke out in the afternoon and was brought under control a few hours later, with survivors were transferred to other hotels in the city.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.