JUBAIL: Twelve people were killed and 11 others were injured with six in critical conditions after fire broke out in a petrochemical factory in Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial area located east of the kingdom early Saturday, state news agency SPA reported.
The incident took place in an area that was under construction and during routine maintenance at Jubail United Petrochemical Company plant.
The fire broke out when technicians of the maintenance contractor were replacing catalysts in the plant. Due to heavy smoke people suffered suffocation. The condition of the injured is stable said spokesman for the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Abdulqader.
The CEO of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Dr. Muslih Al–Otaibi and United Company Chairman Adel Al-Sharidi visited the injured and the accident scene.
The Civil Defense and fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire after 10 minutes of its break out at 11:40 am local time. While the fire was small, it left people with severe smoke inhalation injuries, SPA reported.
(Source: Saudi Gazette )