Fire rages at Mecca hotel; no injuries or deaths reported

July 17, 2016 2:23 PM

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A hotel in Mecca's Azaziya neighborhood has caught fire, sending plumes of smoke over the area as firefighters worked for hours to extinguish the flames that engulfed the 10-storey building.

Saudi Arabia's Civil Defense says no injuries or deaths have been reported from the fire, which erupted Sunday just before noon. The hotel had been vacated when rescue teams arrived on the scene.

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