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Egypt: At least 20 dead in Cairo clothing factory fire

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze at a furniture factory in Obour, east of Cairo, in July 2015 [File: Mohammed Asad/AP]

Egypt: At least 20 dead in Cairo clothing factory fire

At least 20 people were killed and 24 others injured on Thursday during a clothing factory fire on the eastern outskirts of the Cairo .

The explanation for the blaze, which ripped through the four-story plant in Obour, an outlying district of the greater Cairo area, wasn’t immediately known, consistent with a press release released by the govt .

Fifteen fire trucks were dispatched to extinguish the large blaze as smoke billowed over the world . Ambulances were ferrying the casualties to nearby hospitals.

The state prosecutor has tasked a team with investigating the hearth , medical sources told AFP press agency .

Egypt has had a string of fires in recent years, as shoddy buildings are constructed without safety standards amid a security vacuum following its 2011 revolution.

Last month, a fireplace in an unlicensed shoe warehouse within the capital’s twin city Giza engulfed a 13-storey building overlooking a serious highway. Residents were evacuated but no casualties were reported.

In 2020, a serious fire broke out next to a busy Cairo highway as a leak from an pipeline set aflame by passing cars left 17 people hurt.

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