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Kuwait fire: Several Indians are feared to be among at least 41 people killed in a devastating fire at a building in the southern Mangaf district of Kuwait, according to multiple reports. The blaze broke out early Wednesday morning reportedly in a kitchen on a lower floor and quickly spread through the building, trapping many inside.

Kuwait fire: A fire broke out in a building housing workers in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait early on Wednesday.
Kuwait fire: A fire broke out in a building housing workers in the city of Mangaf in southern Kuwait early on Wednesday.

Kuwaiti deputy prime minister said that 41 people were killed in the incident, reported Reuters.

According to Onmanorama, five Keralites were among those killed in the fire. The building reportedly housed around 195 labourers, including workers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The building belongs to NBTC group owned by Malayali businessman KG Abraham, reported Onmanorama.

“In connection with the tragic fire-accident involving Indian workers today, Embassy has put in place an emergency helpline number: 965-65505246. All concerned are requested to connect over this helpline for updates. Embassy remains committed to render all possible assistance,” the Indian Embassy in Kuwait said in a post on X.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed shock over the incident and said the Indian ambassador has gone to the camp.

“Deeply shocked by the news of the fire incident in Kuwait city. There are reportedly over 40 deaths and over 50 have been hospitalized. Our Ambassador has gone to the camp. We are awaiting further information,” Jaishankar posted on X.

“Deepest condolences to the families of those who tragically lost their lives. Wish early and full recovery to those who have been injured. Our Embassy will render the fullest assistance to all concerned in this regard,” he added.

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KUNA reported that the fire had been brought under control and that authorities were combing the area for evidence as to the cause of the blaze.

“The building in which the fire occurred was used to house workers, and there was a large number of workers there. Dozens were rescued, but unfortunately there were many deaths as a result of inhaling smoke from the fire,” a senior police commander told state TV.

“We always alert and warn against” cramming too many workers into housing accommodation, he said, without providing details on the workers’ type of employment or place of origin.

Authorities say an investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.

With inputs from agencies


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