Two dead, 88 injured in downtown Cairo blaze

  • AFP, Cairo
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 01:03 IST
Egyptian firefighters extinguish a fire at the popular market area of al-Atabaa in downtown Cairo. (AFP)

Two people died and 88 others including firefighters were injured on Monday when a fire spread quickly through a commercial area in downtown Cairo, Egyptian officials said.

It is not yet known what caused the blaze that erupted overnight in a small hotel in the Al-Mosky neighbourhood not far from the Al-Azhar mosque, and spread rapidly to four nearby buildings, police told AFP.

The buildings included warehouses containing plastic materials which helped the fire to spread.

“There are two dead and 88 injured,” health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told AFP.

“Two charred bodies were found in the rubble,” he said, adding that most of the injured were suffering from smoke inhalation.

By midday the fire had been brought under control, Cairo fire chief Gamal Halawa said, adding that 16 firefighters and police also suffered from smoke inhalation.

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