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Fire at Saudi Aramco's worker residential complex

A fire at Aramco's Radium residential compound is reported to have claimed one casualty, and injured 30 workers

A fire broke out at Saudi Aramco's residential complex, Radium. [Representational Image]
A fire broke out at Saudi Aramco's residential complex, Radium. [Representational Image]

A fire broke out at the residential compound of Saudi Aramco employees on Sunday, 30 August, 2015, claiming one casualty and injuring up to 30 workers, it has been reported. 

The oil company said the fire broke out in the basement of the Radium residential compound. 

In a statement, Saudi Aramco said: “At 05:45 [am] today a fire was reported in the basement of the Radium residential compound in Al Khobar which is leased by Saudi Aramco for its employees."

New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz reported, citing the statement, that civil defence and Saudi Aramco fire brigades were evacuating residents. 

Colonel Ali Al-Qahtani, spokesman for Eastern Province Civil Defense, said evacuation efforts continue to save people from rooftops, as per the report. 

Residents said helicopters were seen flying in the area.

The Radium Residential Complex comprises eight six storey buildings, the report added. 

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