Fire in Kuwaiti Building Housing Workers Kills 41, Deputy PM Says


A fire broke out early Wednesday in a building housing workers in Mangaf, southern Kuwait, resulting in the deaths of at least 41 people, according to Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Fahad Yusuf Saud Al-Sabah.

Sheikh Fahad, who also oversees the interior and defense ministries, criticized real estate owners for violations and greed, which he attributed as contributing factors to the tragedy. "Unfortunately, the greed of real estate owners is what leads to these matters," he stated during his visit to the site.

The fire was reported at 6:00 a.m. local time (0300 GMT). Major General Eid Rashed Hamad confirmed the building was densely occupied, and while dozens of workers were rescued, many succumbed to smoke inhalation.

Authorities have contained the fire and are investigating its cause. Details about the workers' employment or origins were not provided. Senior police officials reiterated warnings against overcrowding in housing accommodations.