(MENAFN - Arab News) Six expatriate workers were killed in the explosion of a chemical waste plant in Jubail Industrial City II yesterday morning. There was an explosion in the diesel and chemicals tanks. Two trucks also caught fire.
The fire that broke out at 10.30 a.m. was put out within two and a half hours.
One of the Civil Defense fire fighters sustained minor injuries.
The media spokesman for the directorate of Civil Defense in the Eastern Province, Col. Ali Al-Qahtani said the fire occurred in one of the reservoirs of the Environmental Development Company.
The explosion occurred while maintenance staff were doing welding work on a tank containing benzene and blended diesel. "This resulted in an explosion and a fire that led to the death of six workers and the injury of others," Al-Qahtani said.
Jubail Civil Defense, the Royal Commission fire units and security patrols, Jubail Commercial Port, and the Red Crescent worked together to contain the blaze.
The company was established in 2005 to provide numerous ecological services such as training the Kingdom's industries how to maintain a healthy and safe working environment.