Fire at Saudi petrochemical plant kills 12

A fire erupted Saturday in a petrochemical plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 12 workers, a local official said.

Eleven others were injured in the blaze, which broke out during maintenance works inside the factory in the Jubail industrial city, Abdel-Rahman al-Abdel Qader, the spokesman for a government commission in charge of the city, said.

Six of the injured are in a critical condition.

The victims suffered from suffocation as a result of the smoke caused by the fire, which was later put out, the official said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Last update: Sat, 16/04/2016 - 18:24

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