A fire south of Kuwait City has injured 23 people

Some 23 people have been injured or suffered from suffocation after a fire started in the building they were in Al-Mahboula, south of Kuwait City, on Wednesday.

Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) said in a statement that it had received a notification about a fire flare-up at a laundry shop in a building in the seaside district of Al-Mahboula. The blaze spread to an annex residential facility, stranding more than 100 occupants. Firemen rushed to the scene and moved swiftly to save people stranded in the building upper floors.

The fire has also spread to a nearby store. Amid smoke billowing into the skies, the firemen whisked the injured to waiting ambulances.