Giza: Major fire breakout in Coptic Church, Giza kills at least 40 people. While the dispersing crowd had several crushed under their feet in an attempt to escape the blazing church. As per the sources, The fire breakout has been attributed to an electrical fault. However, the exact reason behind the breakout of the fire isn’t clear yet.
At that point, nearly 5000 people had gathered for the Mass inside the Coptic church.
The fire had caused to block an entrance, which further worsened the tragedy. As of now, the situation has been controlled by the fire services.
Father Farid Fahmy from another nearby church stated that a shot circuit might have been the cause of the tragic incident at the Coptic church. According to him, while people had gathered, the electricity supply was cut, and generators were being used. But as soon as the electricity supply began, the overload had the church in flames, causing at least 40 to lose their life.
Various accounts of eye-witnesses explain the tragedy at the church. “People continued to gather on the third and fourth floor; suddenly, smoke was seen rising from the second floor. People desperately rushed to go down the stairs and started falling on top of each other,” says Yasir Munir, one of the worshippers at the church.
The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has expressed his grief over the tragic incident that took place at the Coptic church. He has paid condolences to the departed souls and consoled their families.
The prosecutor’s office has already sent a team for further investigation into the actual reason for the major breakout of fire at the church.
The Copts constitute about one-tenth of the total population of Egypt. The breakout of fire at the Coptic Church is really tragic for the families and the community.