Blaze at Cairo University as Egypt witnesses a slew of fires
Firefighter unfolding water hose in Ghouria, Cairo May 11, 2016 - Youm7

CAIRO: A blaze broke out at Cairo University Saturday. It is the latest in a series of fires that have recently erupted across the country.

The fire took place at the head office of the Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Science; at least six fire vehicles were dispatched and administrative security personnel had to break the faculty’s gate in order to extinguish the fire.

The fire was controlled before reaching the chemistry laboratory on the first floor, a source told Youm7.

The source also said that the office was completely burnt.

In the past week Egypt has experienced a high number of fires, mainly concentrated in the Cairo and Giza areas. On May 8 a fire broke out in the Ataba district killing three, and on May 10 a fire in Ghouria damaged the stores of many fabric traders.

Other fires broke out in a Damietta furniture factory and Cairo’s governorate headquarters on May 12.

On May 13, more than 5,000 baby chicks were killed after a blaze broke out at a farm in Egypt’s Delta. At the same time two more fires broke out; one in Upper Egypt’s Sohag which spread across 12 houses, and another at a chemicals factory in Cairo’s Nozha district.

Social media has reacted to the slew of fires with some suggesting the country is witnessing a second “Cairo Fire” where riots took place in 1952. At that time, hundreds of buildings in downtown Cairo caught fire amid the riots, including cafes, cinemas, hotels, theatres and restaurants.

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