Fire at Coptic Church in Cairo kills over 40 people
At least 41 worshipers, including a priest and at least 18 children, were killed in a fire that ripped through a crowded Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt's capital during its Sunday service.
About 16 others were injured, including four police officers involved in the rescue effort at the Martyr Abu Sefein church in Cairo’s highly populated Imbaba area, The Associated Press reported.
The blaze was caused by an electrical failure in an air conditioning unit on the church’s second floor, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. The ministry said it received reports of the fire around 9 a.m.
Online footage of the incident showed burned furniture, including wooden tables and chairs.
After the fire, families cried outside the church and nearby hospitals where the victims had been taken, even as firefighters were putting out the fire.