Saudi Arabia fire kills six Bangladeshis

Saudi Arabia fire kills six Bangladeshis

Dhaka, Apr 14 (Just News): Six Bangladeshis are among at least seven killed in a fire at a residential building occupied by expatriate workers in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

The Bangladesh Embassy there has confirmed the Bangladeshi casualties.

Labour Counsellor Sarwar Alam told the fire started at the building in Al Nourah University’s residential area around 7am local time on Friday.

The fire broke out in the building at Al-Tuwaiq neighbourhood, injuring eight others, GDN Online news portal reported.

There were 45 labourers in the camp when the blaze broke out at the entrance of the building before spreading to their accommodation, the GDN Online said, citing Riyadh Civil Defence spokesperson Major Mohammed Al-Hammadi.

The Saudi department of civil defence twitted some photos of the scene and said the number of occupants was higher than the capacity.

Most of the deceased were in a room with only one exit in the middle of the building, it added.