Fire break out in a prison of Saudi capital city – Riyadh, here on Thursday.
According to the Saudi state media, the fire killed three prisoners and 21 got scorched, rescue sources shifted victims to the hospital.
Saudi media, quoting officials, reported that the fire broke out at 5 a.m. in Ward 7 of al-Malaz prison.
Sources also said that inmates were immediately move out and others transferred to the hospital for a medical treatment.
Maj. Gen. Ayoub bin Nahit said, an investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched. No further details were given.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) also said that an investigation had been launched
Located in central Riyadh, authorities have held political detainees and rights activists at the jail, which has both male and female prisoners.