'Gross errors' contributed to Kuwait tent blaze

Kuwait report finds layout and design of venue contributed to tragedy.
The Kuwait wedding fire claimed the lives of 45 people.
The Kuwait wedding fire claimed the lives of 45 people.

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The Kuwait Fire Service Department's (KFSD) final report on the Jahra wedding fire that killed 45 people has highlighted a number of "gross errors" in the planning and layout of the tent marquee.

The report emphasised the importance of enforcing the requirement for obtaining licences for events held in marquees for any purpose to avoid such tragedies from occurring in the future, Kuwait Times reported.

The report said that investigations conducted by KFSD experts at the scene of the blaze concluded that the fire was deliberately started, with evidence of flammable substances discovered there.

The main suspect in the case, the groom's first wife, is in custody and has admitted starting the fire, the paper added.

The KFSD's report also listed a number of errors in the marquee's layout and supplies that worsened the situation, such as the lack of more than one entrance, the presence of large amounts of inflammable items and overcrowding.

The report held the wedding organizers responsible for these shortcomings, saying that they had failed to observe basic safety measures that could have prevented the tragedy from taking place.

The report proposed that a number of measures be introduced to prevent such horrific events from recurring, such as banning the holding of weddings in unlicensed tents.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti woman suspected of starting the recent Jahra wedding tent fire has been detained for another 21 days, the paper reported.

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