Kuwait City: A Kuwaiti fire official says nine Asian residents were killed in a house fire in the Gulf country.

Fire Service Directorate spokesman Khalil Al Ameer said that six of those killed in Thursday’s blaze were from a single family. He said more than 25 people were injured, including four firefighters.

The fire took place in a house that had been subdivided into multiple residences in Farwaniya, a suburb 15 kilometres south of the capital, Kuwait City.

Al Ameer did not have further details on the victims’ nationalities or identities.

Like other Gulf Arab countries, Kuwait is home to large numbers of guest workers who outnumber the local population.