Massive Fire Kills 7, Injures Hundred in Saudi Oil Complex


Riyadh: At least seven people were killed and hundreds injured after flames engulfed a sprawling residential complex in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich east killed at least seven people and injured more than 200 on Sunday, civil defense officials in the kingdom said.

The early morning blaze happened in a residential compound known as Radium in the eastern city of Khobar. It is used by the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, which oversees petroleum production in the OPEC powerhouse.

The company said an investigation has begun into the cause of the fire. The Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Civil Defense said the casualties involved victims of various nationalities, without elaborating.

Like many companies in the Gulf, Aramco relies on migrant laborers to help bolster its workforce. Some of those injured were in critical condition, the directorate said.