Dozens killed in Egypt church fire

Egypt’s interior ministry announced in a Facebook post that at least two officers and three members of the civil defense service were injured while responding to the fire at the Abu Sefin church.

The statement said the fire broke out around 9 a.m. local time and was caused by an electrical fault in the air conditioning unit on the second floor of the church.

Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by smoke after an electrical fault in the church’s classrooms, the interior ministry said.

“We are in constant contact with local authorities and the Ministry of Health,” Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Church, said, according to a church spokesman.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi tweeted his condolences for the victims of the Abu Sefin Church fire.

El Sisi said, “I express my deepest condolences to the families of the innocent victims who went to a place of worship beside their Lord.

The Egyptian president said he was closely monitoring the developments of the “tragic accident” and instructed state agencies and institutions to take the necessary measures to immediately deal with the tragedy and care for the injured.

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