A massive fire broke out in a police complex in the Egyptian city of Ismailia.
Videos spread on social media showed flames rising from the City Security Directorate early Monday morning, and the main facade of the building appeared to have collapsed.
Two witnesses told Reuters news agency that fire trucks were sent to the scene, but they appeared to be trying to contain the fire. Some people were seen being taken out but it was not clear if there were any casualties.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
A huge fire devours Ismailia District
Oh God, grant us peace pic.twitter.com/DnW5IEVPOW
– Muhammad Al-Kholy (@MElKholy) October 2, 2023
Translation: A huge fire devours the Ismailia Security Directorate.
– Al Ain News (@AlAinNews) October 2, 2023
Deadly fires are a common danger in Egypt, where many buildings are dilapidated and poorly maintained.
In August 2022, a fire caused by an electrical short killed 41 worshipers in a church in Cairo, sparking calls to improve the country’s infrastructure and the speed of the fire brigade’s response.
In March 2021, at least 20 people died in a fire at a textile factory in the capital, while in 2020, two hospital fires killed fourteen people.
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