Major house fire in Saudi Arabia kills 10 Indians, injures 6

A major house fire in Saudi Arabia killed 10 Indians and injured six others when the fire ripped through a windowless house today in Najran.

Sushma Swaraj,External Affairs Minister in New Delhi said that officials of Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to Najran following the fire accident.

Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital”.

Sushma Swaraj responded after a woman Vidya S sought help from her to bring back the mortal remains of deceased persons in this fire accident.

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Representative image of a fire explosion. Photo courtesy of Praisaeng/

Sushma Swaraj added that: “I have spoken to Consul General Jeddah. Najran is 900 Kms from Jeddah. Our staff is rushing by the first flight available. Our Consul General is in touch with the Governor of Najran. He is updating me on regular basis”.

The fire broke out in an old building without any ventilation as it lacked windows and the workers died of asphyxiation.

In addition to 10 Indians, another person was also killed whose identity was not known immediately. Arab News quoting the Saudi civil defence earlier reported that 11 workers were killed and six injured in the fire accident in southern Najran city who hailed from India and Bangladesh.

All those workers were living near a gold market area in Faisaliah district and belonged to a construction company. The fire broke out as a result of short circuit in an old air-conditioning unit as per the primary report.

Najran Governor Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the fire accident which will include representatives from the Civil Defence, Municipality and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

Saudi Arabia is a home for nine million foreign workers mostly from South Asia.

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