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41 die in fire at wedding near Kuwait City

The fire started in a separate tent for women and children; 76 people are being treated at hospitals.

August 16, 2009|Associated Press

KUWAIT CITY — A fire at a wedding tent Saturday killed at least 41 women and children guests and injured 76, authorities said.

The official Kuwait News Agency quoted the chief of the fire department, Brig. Gen. Jassem Mansouri, as saying 41 bodies had been recovered from the scene in Jahra, west of Kuwait City. The news agency said 76 people are in hospitals.

Interior Ministry spokesman Col. Mohammed Saber said the cause of the fire has not been determined.

Wedding parties in this conservative oil-rich country are held separately for men and women. Children attend the women's party.

Mansouri said holding such parties in tents might be banned after Saturday's fire.

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