Fire at Coptic Church in Egypt kills dozens, mostly children: report

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Youngsters had been among the many dozens of worshippers killed Sunday when a hearth ripped via a Coptic church in Cairo, in accordance with stories.

The blaze tore via the Abu Sefein church within the densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba, killing a minimum of 41 individuals and injuring a minimum of 14 others, Egypt’s Coptic Church stated, citing well being officers for the casualty toll.

Two safety sources instructed Reuters that 5,000 worshippers had been gathered on the church when the hearth broke out and blocked the doorway, inflicting a stampede. 

The sources stated most of these killed had been kids.

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Safety members stand on the scene the place a lethal fireplace broke out on the Abu Sifin church in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The reason for the blaze was not instantly recognized. Police stated an preliminary investigation blamed {an electrical} short-circuit.

Greater than a dozen firefighting autos fought to place out the flames whereas ambulances rushed victims to close by hospitals.

People and policemen stand near the scene where a deadly fire broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.

Individuals and policemen stand close to the scene the place a lethal fireplace broke out on the Abu Sifin church in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi spoke by cellphone with the Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to supply his condolences, the president’s workplace stated.

“I’m intently following the developments of the tragic accident,” el-Sissi wrote on Fb. “I directed all involved state businesses and establishments to take all obligatory measures, and instantly to take care of this accident and its results.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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