CAIRO: The Cairo civil protection forces are currently fighting to extinguish a fire that broke out early Monday morning across a number of buildings in the Ataba district, Youm7 reported.
The fire began in one of the hotels located in El-Roweiy area and then spread to four adjacent buildings that contain dozens of plastics stores. Sixty people are reported to be injured after inhaling smoke, but no deaths have been reported, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. At least 225 stores have been damaged, according to the store owners who roughly estimate their losses at 25 million EGP ($2.8 million,) as quoted by Youm7.
Thirty fire vehicles were dispatched to the site of the fire and the armed forces deployed five fire vehicles to assist in extinguishing the fire. Fire fighters have been working for hours, using hydraulic aerial ladders, to control and put out the fire.
The head of the Ambulance Authority, Ahmed el-Ansary, said in a statement that 24 injured people were transferred to hospitals, while 19 were treated by paramedics at the scene.
The cause of the fire has not yet been disclosed.