Kuwaiti officials say 41 people are dead after a fire tore through a wedding tent filled with women and children.

Authorities say forensics experts are working to identify the 35 women and six children killed in the fire, since many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

At least 57 others were injured in the disaster, which occurred late Saturday in Jahra, west of Kuwait City. Officials say many of the victims were trampled in the panicked rush to flee the tent.  Reports say the blaze took only minutes to destroy the tent.

The exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined, though news reports indicated it could have been triggered by faulty electrical wiring.

Wedding parties in Kuwait, a conservative Muslim country, are held separately for men and women. Children attend the women's event.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.