Egypt Public Prosecution assigns three task forces to investigate Al-Ahram Studio blaze

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 18 Mar 2024

The Public Prosecution formed three task forces from various ministries to investigate various repercussions of the fire that damaged the iconic Al-Ahram Studio on Saturday, read a statement on Sunday.

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Civilians, policemen, and personnel from the Egyptian Red Crescent are standing where a massive fire at Al Ahram Studio extended this week before it was put out hours later. Giza governorate

 

On Saturday dawn, the 80-year-old studio, one of the Arab world's most prestigious and oldest film production houses, was engulfed by a massive fire for about six hours.

The fire spread to 10 nearby residential buildings, including 46 residential units, with 19 apartments completely burnt and the rest partially damaged, public prosecution inspection revealed.

Studio security guards testified that the fire started at one of the wooden studio buildings and quickly spread throughout the premises and its surroundings, the prosecution said.

The first task force, comprising experts from the Housing and Building National Research Centre, Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering, and Giza Engineering Administration, is tasked with inspecting the scene, assessing damage to nearby properties, and adopting measures to protect people nearby.

The second, comprising officials from the Directorate of Agriculture in Giza, is tasked with inspecting trees at the site and assessing the damage they incurred.

It is also tasked with determining whether the trees pose a risk to lives and property.

The third task force is from the Civil Protection Department. Its mission is to assess whether the studio was equipped with fire safety tools and whether they underwent regular maintenance.

Immediately after the fire broke out, media reports indicated extensive damage to the studio, including decorations, wooden structures, shooting areas, and corridors.

However, Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilany said the fire broke out far from the stages, studios, and historic buildings.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the state will fully cover the cost of repairing the damage at the studio.

The government will also provide financial assistance of EGP 15,000 to each affected family, said Madbouly.

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