Six Filipinos killed in Saudi Arabia house fire

A pregnant woman, her husband and infant daughter were among six Filipinos killed in a weekend fire at their Saudi Arabian residence in central Riyadh.

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RIYADH // A pregnant woman, her husband and infant daughter were among six Filipinos killed in a weekend fire at their Saudi Arabian residence, the Philippines embassy said on Monday.

The blaze, blamed on an electrical overload, broke out just after 6am (7am UAE) on Saturday at the apartment where three families lived in central Riyadh, said Iric Arribas, the Philippines charge d’affaires.

All three family members, including the 18-month-old daughter, died from smoke inhalation, he said.

The father of a second family had just left for work when the building caretaker called to alert him to the blaze.

He rushed home to find that his wife, son and daughter were all dead, Mr Arribas said.

* Agence France-Presse