A fire at Kuwait's central prison caused by a short circuit has killed one person and injured 55 people.

The state-run Kuwait News Agency reported late Thursday that the fire began around noon in the prison's Ward No. 4.

KUNA quoted Maj. Gen. Jamal al-Bulaihees of the Kuwait Fire Service Directorate as blaming the blaze on a short circuit.

Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, later issued a statement praising firefighters "who controlled the blaze bravely and professionally and saved the lives of prisoners."