Egyptian authorities say six teenagers and at least 19 others died in a fire at an institute for young offenders in the country’s capital, Cairo Authorities said the blaze followed a fistfight between two children in a room at the facility, located in the Marj district of the city. More than two dozen other children were injured, they said.
But other sources say it was started by an electrical failure in one of the cells. The fire was put out shortly after AFP quotes a security official as saying that the head of the facility, which houses some 200 girls between the ages of 14 and 17, was immediately detained The news agency also reports that prosecutors opened an investigation into the cause of the fire by questioning survivors.
The state newspaper Akhbar el-Yom reported that the children were unable to flee the fire because the room was closed Safety rules and fire regulations are poorly enforced in Egypt and have been linked to many deaths In March, a fire at a clothing factory near Cairo killed at least 20 people and injured 24 more.
There were around 52,000 fire incidents in Egypt in 2020, resulting in 199 deaths, compared to more than 50,660 accidents in 2019 that killed 252 people, according to the country’s official statistics agency.