Egyptian media reported, on Monday, that 30 people were injured and taken to hospitals as a result of the fire that broke out at the headquarters of the Ismailia Security Directorate, which was brought under control.
The fire, whose source was not immediately known, broke out at the Security Directorate headquarters before dawn.
Pictures posted on the Internet showed huge flames consuming the building’s multiple layers, and also resulted in the collapse of the building’s main facade.
Civil Protection sent dozens of fire engines in an attempt to contain the flames and control the fire, and units of the Armed Forces in Ismailia intervened in the fire, rescue and relief operation.
Civil protection vehicles from the Suez Canal Authority and neighboring governorates were also used in an attempt to control the fire, while the Ministry of Health sent several ambulances and medical teams to the vicinity of the fire, to transport the injured to the governorate’s hospitals.
The Health Directorate, the Health Care Authority in Ismailia Governorate, and the Suez Canal University Hospitals declared a state of emergency in all hospitals in the governorate, to receive those injured in the Ismailia Security Directorate fire accident, while attempts to evacuate those present in the Ismailia Security Directorate building by the forces continue.
Fires in Egypt
Fires, which often result from electrical short circuits, are not a rare occurrence in Egypt, which has a population of 105 million people, where the infrastructure suffers from dilapidation and poor maintenance. In August 2022, an accidental fire killed 41 worshipers inside a church on a street in a popular neighborhood in Cairo, sparking debate about infrastructure and how quickly firefighters responded. In March 2021, at least 20 people were killed in a fire in a textile factory in the eastern suburbs of Cairo. In 2020, two hospital fires killed 14 people.
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