Two Saudi brothers who were scared out of their home and moved to another house because of repeated mystery fires were shocked to find that fires had not stopped at the old house. A week after they settled down in the new house, a big blaze erupted and damaged a large part of it.
The two were then convinced that Jinn (ghosts) were behind the blazes and their theory was supported by the police and a Moslem scholar who said he himself witnessed the fire at the house in the southern town of Bisha.
But that was not the opinion of the Saudi civil defence, who believe all the fires were an act of arson.
Quoted by the Saudi Arabic language daily Okaz, the two brothers, Fahd and Bandar Al Gamdi, said they were forced to move to another house nearly three km away from the old house because of persistent fires.
“But fires did not stop at the old house and they then spread to the new house, forcing my brother to move to another house,” Fahd said.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Omari, a well known scholar in that town, said he was called by the two brothers to read Koran and “evict the jinn out of the house.”
“As I started to read in one room, a fire erupted but was put out by the civil defence units who were there at that time,” he said.
“I then moved to another room and started reading Koran when a fire flared…fire erupted in every room I moved to and then I felt the Jinn movements…I was not scared and kept reading Koran.”
The paper quoted police spokesman Major Abdullah Al Shaathan as saying investigation showed there was no act of arson as no one could sneak into that house, adding that forensic experts found no electric or building faults.
“These fires are abnormal or in other words are supernatural…we are still working on the final report which includes statements by neighbours.”
But supernatural causes were dismissed by civil defence spokesman Colonel Mohammed Al Asimi, who said initial evidence points to criminal act.
“We are still investigating these fires and preliminary examination and evidence show criminal activity could be involved in these incidents,” he said.