Kuwait: Huge fire at historic souk injures more than a dozen people
The fire, which started at about 3.20pm (12.20 GMT) in Kuwait City's historic Al Mubarakiya souk, was reportedly under control on Friday, after eight firefighting teams were sent to the scene of the blaze (all photos AFP).
The Kuwait Fire Force said the fire engulfed about 20 shops and spread quickly, because they were packed with flammable materials, including perfumes and leather products.
Al Mubarakiya is one of the oldest souks in Kuwait, with hundreds of small shops selling a range of goods.
Emergency medical teams and ambulances treated 14 people for injuries, including minor burns and smoke inhalation.
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah visited the site of the fire and ordered the opening of an investigation into the cause.