Huge fire breaks out at power station in Riyadh, electricity cut off

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Civil defense and maintenance teams battle to put out a fire that broke out at an electricity plant in Riyadh. (Civil Defense)
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Civil defense and maintenance teams battle to put out a fire that broke out at an electricity plant in Riyadh. (Civil Defense)
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Civil defense and maintenance teams battle to put out a fire that broke out at an electricity plant in Riyadh. (Civil Defense)
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Civil defense and maintenance teams battle to put out a fire that broke out at an electricity plant in Riyadh. (Civil Defense)
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Civil defense and maintenance teams battle to put out a fire that broke out at an electricity plant in Riyadh. (Social media)
Updated 01 October 2018
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Huge fire breaks out at power station in Riyadh, electricity cut off

JEDDAH: A huge fire broke out at a power plant in Riyadh on Monday sending a ball of flames leaping 10 meters into the air. 
The blaze broke out inside a transformer at the plant in the city’s Al-Nafil district.  Firefighters  were battling to bring the blaze under control.
Video footage posted on social media showed the dramatic fire, with thick black smoke rising into the air and people watching in the street.

The Saudi Electricity Company said no one had been hurt but that power supplies to some nearby areas had been shut off. 
“Due to the need to extinguish the fire and to maintain safety, the station has been isolated and there has been a temporary partial shutdown in some neighboring areas until the fire has been extinguished, after which we will begin to gradually restore,” the company said.


King Salman receives phone call from China’s Xi: Chinese media

Updated 8 min 58 sec ago

King Salman receives phone call from China’s Xi: Chinese media

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

HONG KONG: Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Friday, state news agency Xinhua reported.
Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation, Xinhua reported.