25 dead in Saudi hospital fire – civil defense

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – At least 25 people were killed and 107 injured in a fire at a hospital in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday, December 24, the civil defense agency said.

The blaze broke out at the intensive care unit and the maternity department of the Jazan General Hospital in southern Saudi Arabia, the agency announced on Twitter.

In its latest tweet, the civil defense announced that the "Jazan hospital accident is now over and investigation is underway to find out its reasons."

It said that 21 civil defense teams had assisted in putting out the blaze.

Alriyadh daily quoted a civil defense spokesman as saying that the agency was alerted of the fire at 2 am local time (2300 GMT).

In August, 10 people were killed and 259 wounded in a fire at a residential complex rented by oil giant Saudi Aramco in the kingdom's Eastern Province.

That fire was ignited by an electric short circuit in the underground parking where 130 cars were parked, the civil defense agency had said. Rappler.com