Fire destroys three buildings in Saudi Arabia UNESCO heritage site

By AFP
Published: August 16, 2017
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JEDDAH: A fire destroyed three buildings in a traditional section of Jeddah, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, the Saudi civil defence said on Wednesday.

Saudi civil defence said 60 people had evacuated their homes when the fire broke late Tuesday in al Balad, a historic district in the Red Sea city of Jeddah which dates back to the 8th century.

The blaze completely destroyed three buildings and seriously damaged three others, civil defence said. There were no reports of injuries.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city after the capital Riyadh, is listed as a Unesco world heritage site.

The city is home to 19th century houses known for their Roshan, a distinctive wooden facade.

Located in Makkah province, Jeddah has long been the arrival point for pilgrims journeying to Makkah city for hajj.

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