Factory fire kills workers in Egypt's capital

Official says gas-cylinder explosion sparked blaze at furniture factory on Cairo's outskirts which left 25 dead.

    Egyptian state-run media said the factory in the city of al-Obour had not obtained a government safety certification [AFP]
    Egyptian state-run media said the factory in the city of al-Obour had not obtained a government safety certification [AFP]

    A fire that erupted at a furniture factory east of Cairo has killed 25 workers and injured 22 more, according to Egypt's health ministry.

    According to a security official, a preliminary investigation indicated that the blaze started when a gas cylinder exploded as it was transported in an elevator.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

    Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, health ministry spokesperson, said 22 more workers suffered from burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze at the Al-Helw factory on the outskirts of Cairo.

    Egyptian state-run media said the factory in the city of al-Obour had not obtained a government safety certification.

    Local media reported that firefighters gained control of the blaze by the afternoon with the help of about 20 fire tenders.

    Abdel-Ghaffar said in a statement that the victims were taken to local hospitals, which declared a "state of emergency" to deal with the casualties, state media said.

    SOURCE: AP


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