At Least 41 Dead After Fire Breaks Out In Church In Egypt

At least 41 people have been killed after a fire broke out at a church during mass near the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Sunday, out of those killed, most of them were reportedly children.

The fire blocked the entrance to the church causing a stampede of people trying to escape
The fire blocked the entrance to the church causing a stampede of people trying to escape

An electrical fire broke out at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in the Imbada neighbourhood as 5,000 worshippers gather for mass. At least 41 people have been killed and a further 14 have reportedly been injured, the death toll was announced by the country's Coptic Church, citing health officials.


The fire blocked an entrance to the church before a stampede ensued, it has been reported that most of those killed were children.



Yasir Munir, a worshipper at the church, said: "People were gathering on the third and fourth floor, and we saw smoke coming from the second floor. "People rushed to go down the stairs and started falling on top of each other.


"Then we heard a bang and sparks and fire coming out of the window"


Mr Munir and his daughter were on the ground floor at the time of the fire and managed to escape.


President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke with the Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II on the phone to offer his condolences.


el-Sisi wrote on Facebook: "I am closely following the developments of the tragic accident. "I directed all concerned state agencies and institutions to take all necessary measures, and immediately deal with this accident and its effects."


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