1997 News Story

Prince Nayef reports that Mina fire was accidental

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz, upon completion of investigations into the incident, today announced that the fire which broke out in Mina on April 15, 1997, was accidental, and not a criminal act. The disaster occurred when one of the pilgrims lit a gas stove to prepare his lunch. The fire spread in his tent and engulfed other tents in spite of all efforts to stop it, due to the gusts of the wind that day, which ranged between 36 and 60 kilometers per hour (23 to 38 miles per hour).