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Egypt church fire not deliberate: Probe

Workers restore the entrance of the Abu Sefein church in Egypt. (AP)
Workers restore the entrance of the Abu Sefein church in Egypt. (AP)
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19 Aug 2022 01:08:46 GMT9
19 Aug 2022 01:08:46 GMT9
  • The public prosecution questioned 33 witnesses, including the 16 people injured

Gobran Mohamed

CAIRO: The fire that broke out in the Abu Sefein Church in Egypt on Sunday was not deliberate, according to an investigation by the public prosecution.

The cause of the fire, which killed 41 people, was a defect with an electric generator in the church after it was turned on due to a power outage.

The public prosecution questioned 33 witnesses, including the 16 people injured, who said they heard the sound of electric charges emanating from inside the church, and the fire broke out after that. Prosecutor General Hamada El-Sawy said the victims had died of smoke inhalation.

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