At Least 23 Killed In Furniture Factory Fire In Cairo

| July 29 , 2015 , 01:41 IST
cairo fire 400 At least 23 people died and 22 others were injured after a fire broke out at furniture factory in Egypt, a media report said. The incident took place in El-Obour City in Qaliubiya province on Tuesday. The Egyptian interior ministry confirmed in a statement the number of dead and injured people, noting that the fire was extinguished with the help of 23 firefighting vehicles. ALSO READ: Egypt Army Kills 17 Al Qaeda Linked Militants "The death toll is preliminary and may increase in the coming hours," health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said. "The factory workers were trapped inside the factory by the fire, which spread quickly due to highly flammable materials used in the production of furniture," an official said. ALSO READ: Egypt: 19 Dead After Boat Collides With Barge On Nile State-run newspaper quoted security officials revealing that the fire was triggered by an ignited natural gas cylinder.