Fire rages in Kuwaiti prison killing inmate

Fire rages in Kuwaiti prison killing inmate
A short circuit that caused a fire to rage through a prison in Kuwait has killed one and injured dozens of others.
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24 June, 2016
The fire sparked in the drug offenders unit at the central prison [Getty]
An inmate was killed and 56 others injured when a fire ripped through a prison in Kuwait's central on Thursday.

Thirty prisoners were being treated at the prison’s hospital while others were transferred elsewhere.

The fire sparked at the drug offenders unit and was only put out after efforts from six firefighting centres.

State-run news agency KUNA quoted Major General Jamal al-Bulaihees of the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate as blaming the blaze on a short circuit.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, later issued a statement praising firefighters "who controlled the blaze bravely and professionally and saved the lives of prisoners."