10 Indians killed in Saudi fire

Thursday 13th July 2017 07:57 EDT

NEW DELHI/DUBAI: At least 10 Indians were killed and six injured in a fire tragedy in Saudi Arabia. The incident was confirmed by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, who said officials from the Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to the site. Local news informed that 11 workers were killed and six injured in a blaze in southern Najran city. Saudi civil defence said all of them were from India and Bangladesh.

“Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” it tweeted. The fire purportedly broke out due to a short circuit in an old air-conditioning unit. The Indian Embassy in Riyadh said it has no details about the incident as yet. Najran Governor Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz ordered the formation of a committee to look into the incident. A report said his office will supervise the committee which will include representatives from the Civil Defence, Municipality, and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

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