Twelve dead in blaze at Saudi chemical plant

Twelve dead in blaze at Saudi chemical plant
At least 12 workers were killed on Saturday after a fire broke out at a chemical plant in the Saudi capital Riyadh, with the death toll expected to rise.
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16 April, 2016
The fire started at the chemical plant during a maintenance operation [Getty]
A fire at a chemical plan in Saudi Arabia has killed at least 12 people and injured 11, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The fire started began just before noon on Saturday at Jubail's United Petrochemical Company where 23 workers were present, the agency said.

The blaze began during a maintenance operation causing the plant to be engulfed with thick black smoke, spokesman for the Royal Commission for Jubail Abdel Rahman al-Abdel Khader said.

Contractors working on site suffocated from the fumes of burning chemicals.

At least 11 other company employees were injured, six of which were in a serious condition, the company said.

The identity of the workers was not revealed but the Gulf kingdom hosts some 9 million migrants who form much of its labour work force.