A massive fire erupted at a police facility in Egypt’s Ismailia on Monday, leaving 38 people injured.
Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesperson for the health ministry, reported 24 cases of suffocation and two burn cases resulting from the incident, Al Arabia reported.
A response team dispatched 50 ambulances to transport victims to the hospital. Seven individuals have been discharged after receiving medical treatment, the Agency said.
Upon the arrival of multiple fire engines, firefighters successfully contained the flames that had engulfed the scene. In a precautionary move, authorities swiftly removed highly flammable materials, ammunition, and weapons from the building.
Immediate evacuations were executed, including the safe removal of prisoners, as soon as the fire broke out. These rapid and coordinated efforts were crucial in managing the emergency effectively.
In response to the incident, a state of emergency has been declared in all Suez Canal city hospitals to accommodate the injured, the report said.
Egypt’s Minister of Interior, Major General Mahmoud Tawfiq, is actively monitoring the firefighting operations and the well-being of those in the facility during the fire.
As reported by Al Arabiya, an investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the fire and the rapidity of its spread.