24 die in fire at furniture factory in Egypt's capital

24 die in fire at furniture factory in Egypt
# 28 July 2015 19:56 (UTC +04:00)

Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said Tuesday that at least 24 workers were killed as fire raged through the Al-Helw factory in al-Obour city about 35 kilometers northeast of the capital Cairo.

The huge blaze in the three-story building and its warehouse, which started when a gas cylinder exploded in the area, left 26 more workers injured from burns and smoke inhalation.

A stampede that ensued the fire raised the casualties toll, as workers were trying to flee the fire, that also saw a partial collapse of the factory's building.

Civil defense units said they were able to save 150 workers in the accident.