16 Indians killed, 11 injured in Bahrain fire

Manama, July 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2006, 05:33am hrs
At least 16 Indians, died of suffocation and 11 others were injured when a fire broke out in a three-storeyed building housing over 200 expatriates in Bahrain early on Sunday.

The fire, caused by a short-circuit, broke out at around 2.30 am in the second floor of the building used as a residence for workers in the Gudabiya area, officials said. Nearly 16 suffocated to death due to heavy smoke, seven injured and 196 have been rescued, the interior ministry said.

Indian ambassador to Manama Balakrishna Shetty, who along with Bahrain Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa-bin-Salman-al-Khalifa visited the site of the accident, said those injured suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning and were on oxygen support in Salmaniya hospital.All the injured were out of danger, said Shetty. He said all the victims were from Tamil Nadu and worked for Royal Towers Construction Co.