Fire damages Commercial Professions Syndicate building in Downtown Cairo; no casualties reported

Marina Barsoum , Tuesday 24 Jul 2018

Ambulances and Firefighters at the Cairo's Ramsis street on Tuesday 24, 2018 after putting out a fire at Trader's Syndicate (Photo: Marina Barsoum)

A huge fire gutted the third floor of the Commercial Professions Syndicate in the heart of Downtown Cairo on Tuesday afternoon.

Before it was extinguished by local fire services, the smoke from the fire could be seen from the nearby 6 October Bridge.

Ambulance service officials told Ahram Online that there had been no casualties.

“All the workers came out in good condition and there were no injuries except four people who suffered breathing difficulties due to the smoke," an ambulance official at the scene said.

Two women who worked at the syndicate said they were unsure of the cause of the fire.

"We were working normally and then one of our colleagues came to tell us that a fire had broken out on the third floor’s trade club association," said one woman, who declined to give her name.

The syndicate worker said she was evacuated from the fourth floor along with her colleagues.

The syndicate building hosts a number of companies, including a branch of the National Bank of Egypt.

The authorities closed down Ramses Street for around an hour, reopening it when the fire was contained.


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