Blazes sweep through dozens of houses, animal farms in Upper Egypt

CAIRO: Over the past 24 hours, a total of 15 fires broke out in different houses in seven villages of Sohag governorate, Upper Egypt, leaving a 50-year-old woman dead after suffering from third-degree burns, Youm7 reported security officials.

Butane gas leaked from a cylinder and caused a fire in a house in Belina village, Sohag, resulting in severe burns to the woman and killing 22 cattle.

In the village of al-Kottna, also in Sohag, a total of 15 barns and seven mud-brick houses caught fire for seven hours, leaving no human casualties.

Meanwhile, in Upper Egypt’s Asyut, a big blaze broke out Tuesday evening across 17 houses and a barn in Dairot village. No human casualties were reported, Youm7 reported.

The fire started in a house and then spread to other houses and a farm where all the animals were burned to death, according to a statement from Asyut Security Directorate head Abdel-Basset Donqul.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.

On Apr. 23, a total of 31 workers suffered from suffocation and burns after a pharmaceutical company was set on Fire in Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Alexandria, an official from the Health Ministry said.

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