Witnesses said the fire appeared to have started after a car was set alight near the building [Al Jazeera]

A fire has caused damage to the Egyptian interior ministry building in the capital Cairo.

Witnesses said the blaze, which broke out on Wednesday, appeared to have started after a car was set alight near the building during a demonstration by police asking for their jobs back.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said the military has blocked off access to the area as "smoke continues to billow from the building".

No further details were immediately available.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies