At least 38 injured in huge fire in Egypt in Ismailiya, on the Suez Canal

At least 38 injured in huge fire in Egypt in Ismailiya, on the Suez Canal

2023-10-02 08:02:23

A fire ravaged one of the largest buildings in the Egyptian city of Ismailiya, on the Suez Canal, this Monday, October 2, and has left at least 38 injured at this stage, we learned from a security source.

The fire, whose origin was not immediately known, broke out at the headquarters of the Security Directorate before dawn and images posted online show immense flames devouring the many floors of the building. imposing stone building, occupied by soldiers.

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On “26 injured” evacuated to a local hospital, according to the Ministry of Health, 24 were suffering “of asphyxiation” and two from burns, according to local media. Twelve others were treated at the scene.

Frequent fires

The Health Ministry has deployed 50 ambulances to the scene and two military planes are on the way, according to state media.

Fires, often caused by short circuits, are not rare in Egypt, the most populous of the Arab countries with 105 million inhabitants, with dilapidated and poorly maintained infrastructure.

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In August 2022, an accidental fire killed 41 worshipers in a church stuck in an alley in a working-class neighborhood of Cairo, triggering a heated controversy over infrastructure and the response time of firefighters.

In March 2021, at least 20 people died in a fire at a textile factory in the eastern suburbs of Cairo. In 2020, two fires in hospitals caused fourteen deaths.

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