Najran House Fire, 10 Indian & Bangladeshi Workers Dead

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Update: The 10 Indian nationals, who were killed in the fire that broke at Saudi Arbaia’s Najran, belong to Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Here is a list of the names of the people and the states to which they belong: Bihar: Gauri Shankar Gupta, Kerala: Kamapalan Sathyan, Baiju Raghavan and Sreejith Kottasseri, Tamil Nadu: Murokanandan Kaliyan, Uttar Pradesh: Tabrej Khan, Ateeq Ahmad, Waseem Akram, Vakeel Ahmad.

Jeddah: Eleven migrant laborers died of asphyxiation in Najran early on Wednesday in a fire that engulfed the windowless house they shared, authorities said.

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“Firefighters put out the blaze in an old house lacking windows for ventilation. Eleven people died of asphyxiation, and six others were injured,” Najran Civil Defense spokesman Capt. Abdullah Al-Farie said.

“We received information regarding the fire through a security patrol around 4 A.M. and rushed to the spot,” he said. The casualties all hailed from India and Bangladesh. The workers were in deep sleep when the incident occurred which was reported by a police patrol to the Civil Defense that rushed to the spot.

Among the six injured workers five are said to be in critical condition, according to sources. Prince Jalawi Bin Abdulaziz, Emir of Najran, has ordered probe into the fire mishap and constituted an official team comprising the Civil Defense, Najran Municipality, Ministry of Labor and Social Development that will work under governorate supervision, according to an official statement.

The Emir met Brig. Ghazi Al-Ghamdi, director of Civil Defense, to enquire about the mishap. The workers, who belonged to a construction company, were living near a gold market area in Faisaliah district. The fire broke out due to short circuit in an old air-conditioning unit, according to primary information.

Among the six injured workers, four were from India. After receiving the information, Indian Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh dispatched an official team to assist the victims.

Nine million foreigners work in the Kingdom, many of them from South Asia, according to the last official figures released in 2015.