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Injury toll rises as Haramain rail fire extinguished

Injury toll rises as Haramain rail fire extinguished

Haramain High Speed Rail, Foster + Partners, Saudi Arabia

The injury toll from the Haramain High-Speed Rail station fire has risen, but the blaze had been put out.

Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency said 11 people were hospitalised following a fre that ripped through the roof of a Foster + Partners-designed train station in Jeddah for the Haramain High-Speed Rail network.

The injury toll has increased from five to 11 people. Eight were still in hospital receiving medical care on 30 September, it is unclear if the rest were discharged.

HRH Prince Khaled al-Faisal, adviser to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Province, visited the fire-ravaged station yesterday and has called for an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Pictures uploaded on Twitter show significant damage to the roof of the station.

The blaze erupted at 12:35pm local time (0935 GMT), according to the Haramain High Speed Rail's Twitter account.

The high-speed rail network runs approximately 450km and cuts the time it takes to travel between Saudi Arabia’s twin holy cities Mecca and Madinah.

The electric rail network also runs through King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah and Jeddah Airport and can reach speeds of up to 300km per hour.

Under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 transformation agenda, transport modernisation is seen as critical to increase religious and non-religious tourism.

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