Ten people have died after an apparent electrical fire at a Saudi Aramco residential compound in the city of Khobar.

The fire erupted on Sunday at the Radium Residential Complex, a gated community housing 486 units in eight buildings, the Wall Street Journal said.

According to Arab News, a preliminary investigation found that the blaze was caused by a short circuit in a basement transformer.

The fire burned for over five hours before being extinguished.

Over 200 people were injured in the blaze and 10 others died.

Three Canadians of Asian heritage, one Pakistani man and one Nigerian woman were among those killed, Arab News said.

One hundred and seventy nine people who sustained injuries have been discharged from local hospitals and another 80 are still receiving treatment.

The fire also destroyed 35 vehicles that were parked in the compound’s basement.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the fatalities and injuries which resulted from the fire. Saudi Aramco is fully committed to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and their families,” Saudi Aramco acting president and CEO Amin H. Nasser told the Wall Street Journal.


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