Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, hurts 14
CAIRO (AP) — A fire ripped through a packed church during morning services in Egypt's capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshippers and injuring 14.
The church quickly filled with thick black smoke, and witnesses said several trapped congregants jumped from upper floors to escape.
“Suffocation, suffocation, all of them dead,” said a distraught witness, who only gave a partial name, Abu Bishoy.
The cause of the blaze in the Abu Sefein church in the working-class neighbourhood of Imbaba was not immediately known.
An initial investigation pointed to an electrical short-circuit, according to a police statement.
Footage from the scene circulated online showed burned furniture, including wooden tables and chairs. Firefighters were seen putting out the blaze while others carried victims to ambulances.
Families waited for word on relatives who were inside the church.
Witnesses said there were many children inside the building when the fire broke out.
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