DAMMAM: Arab News has reported about a big fire that hit a major residential and commercial building in Dammam market on Friday, damaging a number of shops and three apartments
Civil Defense forces managed to control the fire before it could spread to nearby apartments.
All the residents in the building were successfully evacuated, the Civil Defense said. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Authorities have not reported any deaths or injuries.
Dammam is the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and the region is the main producer of oil in the Kingdom . Dahran , Ras Tanura , and many oil rich towns as well as the commercial port of Jubail come under Dammam.
Also the world's largest oil export platforms are located in this region and lie just tens of kilometers north of Dammam at the Arabian Gulf (formerly , the Persian Gulf ).