5 injured in Giza medicine factory explosion; no deaths reported
Firefighters respond to a Sunday morning pharmaceutical plant blaze in Giza - YOUM7/Ahmed Marouf

CAIRO: Five people were injured after an explosion took place in a medicine factory inside the Holding Company for Biological Products & Vaccines (VACSERA) in Agouza district, Giza early Sunday morning.

Most of the injuries were the result of suffocation from the subsequent fire caused by the explosion, Ministry of Health spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told The Cairo Post. No deaths were reported.

The fire was controlled after six fire trucks arrived at the site. Two ambulances also headed to the building to transfer the injured to a hospital in Agouza.

The explosion was said to have taken place as a result of a malfunction in a machine controlling gas pressure at the Egyptian Company for Advanced Pharmaceuticals (ECAP), ONTV reported. The technical malfunction led to the increase of gas pressure and resulted in the explosion and the injuries. ONTV said one of the injured was in serious condition.

The resulting fire from the explosion broke out on the first floor of the ECAP building. Youm7 reported the fire spread into the rest of the building and caused the exterior windows of the building to crack. The shockwaves of the explosion were strong enough to damage neighboring buildings.

The losses of the explosion have not yet been estimated, however, ECAP head Magdy el-Shaarawy told ONTV the building will be repaired and work will resume within a month.

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