25 killed in Saudi hospital fire

Riyadh, Dec 24 (IANS) At least 25 people were killed and 107 others injured on Thursday in a fire at a hospital in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan city, media reports said.

The Saudi civil defence directorate said the fire at the Jizan General Hospital started at about 2.30 a.m. (local time), Al Jazeera reported.

At least 20 brigades from the civil defence directorate were deployed to fight the blaze, which has now been brought under control.

Patients were transferred to a number of other nearby public and private hospitals.

The fire occurred in the intensive care unit and the maternity ward on the first floor of the hospital, Xinhua news agency quoted a civil defence spokesman said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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