Die brand het deur die Abu Sefein-kerk in die digbevolkte woonbuurt Imbaba geskeur, doodmaak ten minste 41 mense en ten minste beseer 14 ander, Egypt’s Coptic Church gesê, citing health officials for the casualty toll.
Two security sources told Reuters that 5,000 worshippers were gathered at the church when the fire broke out and blocked the entrance, causing a stampede.
The sources said most of those killed were children.
Die cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Police said an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit.
More than a dozen firefighting vehicles fought to put out the flames while ambulances rushed victims to nearby hospitals.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi spoke by phone with the Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to offer his condolences, the president’s office said.
“I am closely following the developments of the tragic accident,” el-Sissi wrote on Facebook. “I directed all concerned state agencies and institutions to take all necessary measures, and immediately to deal with this accident and its effects.”
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