Egypt church fire kills 41, mostly children

egypt church fire kills 41, mostly children
egypt church fire kills 41, mostly children

On Sunday, at least 41 individuals, the vast majority of them youngsters, were killed when an electrical fire broke out in an Egyptian Coptic Christian church during Mass, according to security sources.

Fire broke out in a Giza church where 5,000 worshippers were present shortly before 9 a.m.

According to the two reliable reports, most of the victims were children and the stampede was caused when the flames of the fire blocked a door to the church.

“We witnessed people congregating on the third and fourth floors, with smoke billowing up from the building’s basement. People were in such a hurry to get downstairs that they began to trip over one another “Yasir Munir, a devout Muslim, remarked.

Then, he added, “we heard an explosion, and sparks and fire flying out of the window,” adding that he and his daughter were lucky to be on the bottom floor and could escape.

In Egypt, electrical fires are a common occurrence. Later in the year 2020, at least seven people perished in a fire at a hospital caring for COVID-19 patients.

The Ministry of the Interior issued a statement saying that a forensic investigation had determined that an electrical problem had started the fire in the building’s air conditioning system on the building’s upper floors.

It was stated that smoke inhalation was the leading cause of fatality. A cabinet statement said that the families of the victims would receive 100,000 Egyptian pounds ($5,220).

Across the Nile from Cairo is Giza, Egypt’s second-largest metropolis.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted, “I extend my profound condolences to the families of the innocent victims who have passed on to be with their Lord in one of his sites of worship.”

After prayers, Maher Murad reportedly left his sister at the temple.

“I was about ten metres from from the church when I noticed dense smoke and heard the sound of screams,” he claimed.

“When the firemen put out the blaze, I was able to identify my sister’s body. Many of the victims were children who were in the church’s nursery at the time of the fire, and their bodies were completely consumed by the flames.”

Kirollos, who was injured and hospitalised, stated, “I don’t know if there was an electrical fire or what happened, but there were kids and old people, we saved anyone we could save.”

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