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Petroleum tanker fire on Jeddah highway damages 11 vehicles, no casualties reported

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A large fire broke out on the Jeddah highway near Mecca in Saudi Arabia after a traffic accident involving a truck carrying petroleum, according to a tweet from the official Mecca government account published early Tuesday morning.

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A photo published August 24 2021 showing firefighters attempting to extinguish the blaze on the Mecca-Jeddah highway after a petroleum truck was involved in a traffic accident. (Twitter)
A photo published August 24 2021 showing firefighters attempting to extinguish the blaze on the Mecca-Jeddah highway after a petroleum truck was involved in a traffic accident. (Twitter)

Video and photos published on Twitter just after midnight showed firefighters attempting to extinguish the blaze that had spread several hundred meters down the side of the road in the direction of the holy city of Mecca.

Screengrab from a video showing a petroleum fire on the Mecca-Jeddah highway published on August 24 2021. (Twitter)
Screengrab from a video showing a petroleum fire on the Mecca-Jeddah highway published on August 24 2021. (Twitter)

At least 11 vehicles were damaged by the fire, including the truck, but no one was injured.

Traffic was being diverted from the scene, according to the authorities.

A photo published August 24 2021 showing vehicles damaged after a fire broke out on the Mecca-Jeddah highway when a fuel truck was involved in a traffic accident. (Twitter)
A photo published August 24 2021 showing vehicles damaged after a fire broke out on the Mecca-Jeddah highway when a fuel truck was involved in a traffic accident. (Twitter)

The fire had been extinguished two hours later. Traffic had returned to normal by 7:42 a.m. local time, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

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