11 dead in fire through Saudi Aramco compound

Al Arabiya News

30th August, 2015 05:54:02 printer

11 dead in fire through Saudi Aramco compound

KHOBAR: At least 11 people were killed and more than 200 injured in Saudi Arabia on Sunday when a fire broke out at a residential complex housing employees of oil giant Saudi Aramco, authorities said.


The fire started in the basement of a tower in the eastern city of Khobar, the kingdom's civil defence and the national oil company said on Twitter.


A statement from Aramco, on its official Twitter's account, read: "At 05:45 today a fire was reported in the basement of the Radium residential compound in Al Khobar which is leased by Saudi Aramco for its employees."


It said that civil defense and Saudi Aramco fire brigades were evacuating residents.


Colonel Ali Al-Qahtani, Eastern Province Civil Defense spokesman said evacuation efforts continue to save people from rooftops. Residents said helicopters were seen flying in the area.


According to Aramco's website, the Radium Residential Complex consists of eight six storey buildings and comprises 486 units.