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Two teachers die in Saudi school blaze tragedy

More than 40 others need hospital treatment after fire breaks out at Jeddah private school

Two teachers die in Saudi school blaze tragedy
Smoke comes from the Jeddah school fire in which two teachers died

Two teachers died and more than 40 other people were injured in a blaze at a private school in Jeddah, Saudi health officials confirmed on Sunday.

Dr Sami Badood, director of health affairs in Jeddah, said 23 people were still being treated in hospital on Sunday following the fire which broke out on Saturday morning.

He described as "stable" the health status of the teachers and students who were being treated, while confirming that two teachers had died.

Dr Badood said in comments published by state news agency SPA that the total number of cases received by the hospitals in Jeddah amounted to 46.

He added that 23 of the fire injured had already left hospital following treatment.

Earlier, the Makkah region principality said in a statement that Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, governor of Makkah region, had ordered the formation of a committee to investigate the incident.

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