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6 Bangladeshis killed in Riyadh fire

13 April 2018,Friday, 23:52



Rescuers taking a fire victim to a hospital in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Friday. Photo: Twitter

Rescuers taking a fire victim to a hospital in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Friday. Photo: Twitter

At least six Bangladeshis among nine were killed in a fire at a residential building occupied by expatriate workers in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Friday.

Confirming the incident, Golam Moshi, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, told UNB, “Two officers have visited the hospital where the bodies are kept.”

They names of the diseased will be disclosed to media after confirming the identities to avoid panic or confusion, he added.

The fire broke out at the entrance of the building in Al-Tuwaiq neighbourhood which has no other exists, said Maj Mohammed Al Hamadi, spokesman of the civil defense in Riyadh.

Smoke inhalation is the main cause of death and injury, he added.

According to the spokesman, 45 out of the 54 expatriate workers living in the two-storey building were inside it during the fire.

An investigation has been launched to look into the cause of the fire, he said.

 

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