At Least 38 people were injured after a huge fire erupted in the early hours of Monday, 2 October, at the security directorate in the Egyptian city of Ismailia.
Videos circulating on social media showed the multi storey building engulfed in flames. The fire was later contained by the Civil Defense Forces.
Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population announced that hospitals across Ismailia are to be put on high alert, as 50 ambulances rushed to the scene.
According to the ministry’s official statement, 26 people were transferred to a nearby hospital, 24 of whom suffered from breathing problems due to extensive smoke, and two suffered from burns. Another twelve injured people were treated at the site, and seven people were discharged from the hospital later after receiving medical treatment.
Egypt’s Minister of Interior, Mahmoud Tawfik, visited the site and directed the forming of a committee to determine the cause of the fire.
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