Huge fire at Jeddah’s Haramain train station now under control

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Saudi Civil Defense forces put the fire at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station under control early Monday morning. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)
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Saudi Civil Defense forces put the fire at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station under control early Monday morning. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)
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Saudi Civil Defense forces put the fire at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station under control early Monday morning. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)
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Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro assesses the progress in controlling the blaze at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)
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Saudi Civil Defense forces put the fire at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station under control early Monday morning. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)
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A firefighting helicopter sprays water on a fire at the Haramain station in Jeddah. (AP)
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Firefighters spray water on a fire at the Haramain station in Jeddah. (AP)
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The fire broke out at Jeddah's Haramain station at 12:35 p.m. local time. (Makkah Government)
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Smoke rises from the Haramain station in Jeddah after a huge fire broke out on Sunday. (AP)
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The fire broke out at Jeddah's Haramain station at 12:35 p.m. local time. (Makkah Government)
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A police helicopter monitors a fire at the Haramain train station in Jeddah. (AP)
Updated 30 September 2019

Huge fire at Jeddah’s Haramain train station now under control

  • Civil Defense firefighters announced complete control of the fire at dawn Monday
  • The Haramain Railway linking Makkah and Madinah with Jeddah was opened last year

JEDDAH: The Saudi Civil Defense authority has put under full control the fire that hit the Haramain Railway’s Suleimaniyah rail station in Jeddah on Sunday, which left 11 people injured.

Cooling is now underway, the Saudi Civil Defense tweeted in Arabic.

The 11 injury cases were transferred by the 16 medical teams who rushed to the fire scene – as well as Red Crescent personnel – to hospitals, state news agency SPA reported. Three cases were treated while eight remained under medical care, SPA added.




Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro assesses the progress in controlling the blaze at Jeddah’s Suleimaniyah rail station. (Courtesy Saudi Civil Defense)

The fire erupted at 12:35pm on Monday according to the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Twitter account. The Makkah governorate said that all train services were suspended until further notice and it urged passengers with tickets to call 920004433 for any settlements and inquiries.

Authorities confirmed that there were no fatalities. “Five people were injured in the incident and were immediately taken to a nearby hospital,” the Makkah governorate said in an earlier Twitter post.

 

The Makkah governorate said that security aviation personnel had arrived to support the estimated 26 firefighting teams of the Saudi Civil Defense in controlling the fire. Jeddah health officials have also called on residents to stay away to avoid inhaling the fumes that could cause chest diseases.

 

The Jeddah traffic department played a major role in redirecting motorists away from the area.

Dramatic videos on social media showed teams using helicopters in an attempt to put out the fire, which sent huge palls of smoke into the sky of the coastal city.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.