One person was killed and at least six others wounded in a gas pipeline explosion at a building in northern Cairo Wednesday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Some walls of the five-storey building in Al-Zawya Al-Hamra district crumbled following the explosion and the area has been cordoned off by emergency forces.
The governor of Cairo, Khaled Abdel El-Al, has ordered swift technical support for the affected building be carried out and all necessary measures taken to secure pedestrians and adjacent buildings, state news agency MENA reported.
The governor ordered that emergency housing be provided for 12 affected families.
Two adjacent buildings were evacuated following the explosion as one of them suffered structural cracks.
A technical committee has been formed to assess the impact of the explosion on nearby buildings.
The deputy governor of Cairo and the chief of Al-Zawya Al-Hamra district visited the scene of the incident shortly after the explosion.