Minya church blaze unintentionally caused by children playing with candles: Coptic Orthodox Church

Jehad El-Sayed , Wednesday 17 Aug 2022

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church said Wednesday the investigation by the Public Prosecution into the fire at the Anba Bishoy Church in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate a day earlier revealed that the fire was caused by two children playing with candles inside the church.

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The aftermath of the fire erupted at Anba Bishoy Church in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate on Tuesday.


The prosecution reached their conclusion concerning the blaze after examining the building’s security cameras, the church said in a statement.

The fire, which started near the alter on the building’s first floor, destroyed the contents of the church without causing any casualties, the church reported.

Only one person suffered from asphyxiation due to the smoke; he was treated on site and did not need to be hospitalised, according to Ministry of Health Spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar on Tuesday.

The prosecution summoned the two children and their families, who acknowledged the contents of the video recordings, the church statement noted.

The church affirmed that the prosecution has carried out its duty investigating the case with the utmost speed, seriousness, accuracy and transparency, which helped determine the cause of the incident.

According to the statement, East Minya Diocese, to which the church belongs, will immediately begin the process of repairing and restoring the church to its earlier state.

Anba Bishoy Church was inaugurated in June 2019.

The church, moreover, called on people to ignore misinformation about the cause of the incident. In the aftermath of the incident, there were rumours that the blaze could have been arson.

The blaze came on the heels of a huge fire Sunday that killed 41 people and injured 14 others in Abu Seifin Church in Giza governorate’s Imbaba district. According to the initial forensic examination the fire was resulted from an electrical short circuit, the prosecution said in a separate statement.

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