Several floors of Misr Travel Tower, where Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and its affiliates are located, were set alight Sunday morning. Fire fighters put out the blaze, which caused no injuries or deaths.
Six fire trucks rushed to the tower in the district of Abbassia and managed to contain the situation without major losses before military forces evacuated the building.
MENA, the Egyptian official agency, reported the first floor was on fire.
Eyewitness, Sami Mahmoud, Undersecretary Head of the International Tourism Sector, said the 16th and the 18th floors were burning, as well.
While he believes it was an electric fire, it’s yet to be confirmed whether it was an accidental fire or another episode in a series of arson attacks.
Many public buildings in Egypt were set ablaze over the past weeks, including the premises of the Ministry of Interior and the Central Bank of Egypt.
It’s widely believed that the remnants of the National Democratic Party and state security figures are culpable of these incidents. Many are convinced they are seeking to destroy documents that may convict many NDP supporters of multiple crimes.