At least eight people were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in Mahalla in Gharbiya governorate on Thursday, according to a statement by the governorate health directorate.
The statement, which described the building as “old,” said that those killed were all residents.
The general prosecution said in a statement on Thursday it was investigating the incident and had dispatched a team to the scene for inspection.
It also said it had seized the property’s files, including decisions related to its licensing and renovation, for inspection, according to a statement.
The prosecution has ordered the formation of a housing ministry committee to inspect the debris and the building’s official papers to determine the reasons behind the collapse.
Building collapses are not uncommon in Egypt and are usually attributed to violations of building regulations and illegal building extensions.