CAIRO: All fires that occurred in Egypt in the past two weeks are “individual cases rather than a phenomenon,” Assistant to the Interior Minister for Forensic Evidence Wael al-Gammal told Egyptian TV Tuesday.
Some industrial buildings do not apply anti-fire regulations, and the technical inspection of recent blazes revealed glitches in circuits that produce a strong heat causing wires to melt which can cause a fire if it comes into contact with an inflammatory material, Gammal said.
The timing of the blazes left an impression that it is a phenomenon, Gammal added.
Over the past two weeks a number of fires broke out in different cities with many concentrated in Cairo. The headquarters of the Cairo Governorate, plastic factories in 6 October City and in the Beheira governorate all suffered substantial damages. However, the biggest blazes were reported in Ataba and Ghouria, which are both busy markets selling fabric, plastics and other goods in Cairo.
Meanwhile, the Civil Protection Administration vows to sue people who make false fire reports, as it receives thousands of them every day, Assistant to the Interior Minister for Civil Protection Mohamed Saqr told Egyptian TV.