More than 1,000 pilgrims evacuated during Saudi hotel fire

AP , Thursday 17 Sep 2015

Muslim pilgrim peaks through the wall to observe the site of a crane collapse that killed over a hundred Friday at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Emergency officials in Saudi Arabia say more than 1,000 pilgrims were safely evacuated from a hotel in Mecca during a fire there ahead of the hajj.

Authorities say a blaze started Thursday on the eighth floor of an 11-story hotel in Mecca's Aziziya neighborhood.

Saudi civil defense officials say two pilgrims were being treated for injuries from the fire.

The hajj is expected to start on Monday. More than 1 million pilgrims have already arrived for the annual pilgrimage, which all able-bodied Muslims are required to perform once in their lives.

The fire comes after a crane collapse in Mecca last Friday killed at least 111 people and injured more than 390.

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