Videos show sprawling building ablaze with some parts appearing to collapse.
A huge fire has erupted at a police complex in the Egyptian city of Ismailia.
Videos on social media showed flames soaring from the city’s security directorate early on Monday morning, and it appeared the building’s main facade had collapsed.
Two witnesses told the Reuters news agency fire engines had been sent to the scene but appeared to be struggling to contain the blaze. Some people were seen being brought out but it was not clear whether there were any casualties.
The cause for the blaze was not immediately known.
حريق ضخم يلتهم مديرية أمن الاسماعيلية
يارب سلم pic.twitter.com/DnW5IEVPOW
— mohamed el kholy (@MElKholy) October 2, 2023
Translation: A huge fire engulfs the Ismailia Security Directorate.
— العين الإخبارية (@AlAinNews) October 2, 2023
Deadly fires are a common hazard in Egypt, where many buildings are dilapidated and poorly maintained.
In August 2022, a fire caused by a short circuit killed 41 worshippers in a Cairo church, prompting calls to improve the country’s infrastructure and the response time of the fire brigade.
In March 2021, at least 20 people died in a fire at a textile factory in the capital, while in 2020, two hospital fires killed fourteen people.