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10 Indians Killed, 4 Injured In Saudi Arabia Fire

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| July 13 , 2017 , 09:54 IST

At least 10 Indians have been killed and 4 injured when a major fire broke out in a windowless house in Saudi Arabia's Najran city. The total casualties in the fire incident are 11 people with 6 others injured.

"Firefighters put out a blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured," the civil defence in the southern province of Najran said.

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According to initial reports, the fire broke out due to a short-circuit in an old air conditioning unit. The building housed mostly immigrant who worked with a construction company nearby.

The Governor of Najran, Prince Jluwi bin Abdelaziz condemned the renting out of such buildings which were unsafe and has ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the fire.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was appraised of the incident and said that officials of the Indian consulate in Jeddah are rushing to Najran.

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"I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals, I have spoken to Consul General Jeddah. Najran is 900 Kms from Jeddah. Our staff is rushing by the first flight available," she tweeted.

"Our Consul General is in touch with the Governor of Najran. He is updating me on regular basis," Swaraj said.