CAIRO: A Wednesday blaze at the Cairo International Conference Center fire may have been encouraged by-passers who threw cocktail Molotov cocktails at it, after the original cause, which is still deemed to have been an electrical malfunction, a security official told Youm7.
The fire originated in the Khufu and Khafre halls which have been completely destroyed, added the official, who refused to be mentioned because he was not authorized to speak to media.
Sixteen people were injured in the fire at the center, located in Cairo’s Nasr City district, the Ministry of Health announced Wednesday. Military forces were also dispatched to help in extinguishing the fire, Youm7 reported.
“A total of 10 people received first aid near the center, while the other six injured been transported to Nasr City Hospital. No deaths have been reported,” ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told Youm7.
The fire broke out in the morning, and firefighters are still extinguishing the blaze. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The hall often hosts major conferences and state events.
Total of 40 fire trucks put out the fire, including 25 from the Cairo Protection Authority and 9 from the Civil Defense Authority, as well as a helicopter from the Armed Forces.