Rescuers taking a fire victim to a hospital in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Friday. Photo: Twitter
Mirror Desk : At least six Bangladeshis among seven 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 Reporter, “Two officers have visited the hospital where the bodies are kept.”
باشر مدني #الرياض حادث حريق في عمارة سكن عمال نتج عنه سبع وفيات وثماني إصابات مجهولي الهوية، اختناقا وقد لوحظ كثافة في عدد الساكنين تفوق الطاقة الإستيعابية وكثافة الأثاث المحترق وتحويل صالة السكن لغرف وانعدام وجود مخرج للغرفة الداخلية والتي كان يسكنها اغلب المتوفين .
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.