Fire At Chemical Plant In Saudi Arabia Kills 12

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s state-run news agency says a fire at a chemical plant in the kingdom’s east has killed 12 people and injured 11.

The Saudi Press Agency said the fire in al-Jubail happened around 11:40 am on Saturday at the Jubail United Petrochemical Co. The news agency quoted the company as saying the fire began during maintenance at the plant.

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The company also said the fire caused thick black smoke, which contributed to the death of the contractors working on the maintenance at the plant.

A telephone number for the plant could not be immediately found on Saturday night.

The website for SABIC, a chemical conglomerate based in Riyadh, says the firm holds a 75-per cent stake in al-Jubail United Petrochemical Co. SABIC did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

AP