Build­ing site fire fills Riyadh’s sky with black smoke, shrouds Al-Faisaliah tower


RIYADH: The sky above Saudi Ara­bia’s cap­i­tal, Riyadh, filled with thick black smoke Tues­day, ris­ing from a build­ing site on one its most pop­u­lated and fa­mous roads, Al-Olaya Street, while shroud­ing one of the city’s more prom­i­nent sky­scrapers.

The blaze’s source was ac­tu­ally at a build­ing site, but as the heavy smoke rose, it shrouded the nearby fa­mous land­mark Al-Faisaliah tower, lead­ing many on­look­ers to be­lieve it was the source of the fire.

Riyadh Civil De­fense spokesman, Maj. Mo­hammed Al-Ham­madi con­firmed to Arab News that Al-Faisaliah tower was not on fire, but in­stead a build­ing site nearby.

“No one was hurt or in­jured. We were able to ex­tin­guish the fire com­pletely,” he added, speak­ing to Arab News.

A fire­fighter tries to ex­tin­guish a fire af­ter an ex­plo­sion which se­verely dam­aged a build­ing at Al-Olaya Street in Riyadh. (SPA)

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