Fire destroys three buildings in Saudi UNESCO heritage site

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According to a report in OneIndia, Saudi civil defence said 60 people had evacuated their homes when the fire broke late on August 16 in Al-Balad, a historic district in the Red Sea city of Jeddah which dates back to the eighth century.

The blaze completely destroyed three buildings and seriously damaged three others, civil defence said. There were no reports of injuries. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s second largest city after the capital Riyadh, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Located in Mecca province, Jeddah has long been the arrival point for pilgrims journeying to Mecca city for hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage which this year takes place next month. The city is home to 19th century houses known for their Roshan, a distinctive wooden facade.

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